Metric vs. English system of measurement
The metric system of measurement applies to every nation of the world except Liberia, the United States and Myanmar (NCTM para. 3). The US uses the English measurement system of rather than the metric system. A proponent of metric claim it is more scientific, easy to understand and universally accepted throughout the world. The advocates of the English system, on the other hand, argues that it is cheap, accurate and readily convertible in this computer-oriented world. This paper discusses claims and counter-claims on why all nations should adopt the metric system of measurement.
The metric system of measurement is applicable in many countries. It is used in news report, consumer products and workplaces. Most countries, for example, the US import commodities made in the international market using the metric units. The success in the international business thus calls for the adoption of the metric system (The Gale Encyclopaedia of Science para. 10). However, the existence of the computer eliminates the needs for conversion of English system to metric system. Since the measurement systems are like language, the computers can translate them from one form to the other for use in the international transactions (The Metric System para. 4). Moreover, such conversion would be costly because it would call for duplication of expensive machinery, dies, figs and tools (The Metric System para. 5).
Besides, the metric system is more consistent and convenient to use. It offers a single unit of measurement for any physical quantity (Thangham para. 8). Thus, it eliminated the necessity for the conversion factor. In the metric system, the submultiples and the multiples are linked to the primary unit via powers of ten. For example, 1.2 metres is 1200 centimes, 0.0012 kilometres. However, such convenience and consistency are guaranteed by the use computer in translating the measurement systems. The conversion in computers takes microseconds and cost nothing. Thus, adopting the metric system has no economic benefits.
The metric system is used by all most all states in the world. Most companies even in the US have adopted this measurement system (Cut Smart para. 10). There is thus need for every nation to implement this criterion for universality in the international transactions. The metric system is also convenient and consistent in the calculation as it offers a single unit of measurement for any unit (Thangham para. 9). Thus, though computers help in the conversion of the measurement systems, such process lead to errors and is time-consuming. The metric system is thus more appropriate to adopt as it used by the majority of nations of the world, it is more convenient and consistent.