Tomp

01-13-2012, 03:52 PM

I just thought I should give you guys a simple breakdown of the metric system and then you'll see how much better it is than your imperial system.

Ok let's start.

The meter.

1 meter is the distance from the north pole to the equator divided by 10 000 000. This was considered a suitable length.

It was the divided by 10, 100, 1000 and so on.

1 millimeter is 1/1000 meter

1 centimeter is 1/100 meter

1 decimeter is 1/10 meter

and multiplied by 1000 for the kilometer.

Volume

With these different lengths, the most practical to have as a standard is something that can be related and practical to humans.

The cubic meter was to big so instead we use a cubic decimeter and call that 1 liter, as a standard.

The gram, kilogram and the ton

To have a suitable "weight term". They went back to the basics of our world.

If you have the standard volume of 1 liter and fill that with a standard fluid (water) then you have something to work with. So 1 liter (cubic decimeter) of water have the weight of 1 kilogram. This also means that 1 gram is the weight of 1 cubic centimeter of water. Finally the weight of 1 cubic meter of water is called 1 ton.

The celsius scale

This is not really part of the metric system, but it will have to tag along here anyway.

Again it is based on our world and on water. It was decided that 0°C was the freezing point of water at standard atmospheric pressure and 100°C was the boiling point of water at standard atmospheric pressure.

When it is set up like this it is very easy to convert information from one type to another and to scale up and down.

Example: Sometimes we get information about the weather. They say on the tv that it will rain and the amount is 7 millimeters.

It can be difficult to understand how much water that represents. But you could describe it in this sense.

Imagine 1 square meter (1X1 meter) on the ground. Then pour 7 liters of water in this square. That is how much water that will rain on that 1 square meter surface.

In this sense it is much more practical than the imperial system.

By the way, what does 0°F represent? I could never find that information.

I know many you don't give a crap about this.

I was just wondering why the US didn't give up the imperial system since they kicked the rest of the british empire out.

Ok let's start.

The meter.

1 meter is the distance from the north pole to the equator divided by 10 000 000. This was considered a suitable length.

It was the divided by 10, 100, 1000 and so on.

1 millimeter is 1/1000 meter

1 centimeter is 1/100 meter

1 decimeter is 1/10 meter

and multiplied by 1000 for the kilometer.

Volume

With these different lengths, the most practical to have as a standard is something that can be related and practical to humans.

The cubic meter was to big so instead we use a cubic decimeter and call that 1 liter, as a standard.

The gram, kilogram and the ton

To have a suitable "weight term". They went back to the basics of our world.

If you have the standard volume of 1 liter and fill that with a standard fluid (water) then you have something to work with. So 1 liter (cubic decimeter) of water have the weight of 1 kilogram. This also means that 1 gram is the weight of 1 cubic centimeter of water. Finally the weight of 1 cubic meter of water is called 1 ton.

The celsius scale

This is not really part of the metric system, but it will have to tag along here anyway.

Again it is based on our world and on water. It was decided that 0°C was the freezing point of water at standard atmospheric pressure and 100°C was the boiling point of water at standard atmospheric pressure.

When it is set up like this it is very easy to convert information from one type to another and to scale up and down.

Example: Sometimes we get information about the weather. They say on the tv that it will rain and the amount is 7 millimeters.

It can be difficult to understand how much water that represents. But you could describe it in this sense.

Imagine 1 square meter (1X1 meter) on the ground. Then pour 7 liters of water in this square. That is how much water that will rain on that 1 square meter surface.

In this sense it is much more practical than the imperial system.

By the way, what does 0°F represent? I could never find that information.

I know many you don't give a crap about this.

I was just wondering why the US didn't give up the imperial system since they kicked the rest of the british empire out.