Is America Actually Metric?


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Published: 1 year ago
The US signed the metre convention and bases all customary units on SI standards. As an aside, the Utah constitution from 1895 required the metric system to be taught in schools. This requirement was repealed in 1987. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Huge thanks to NIST, Ben Stein and Patrick Abbott.
https://www.nist.gov/
https://www.nist.gov/pml/weights-and-measures/si-units-mass

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Back in 1875 The US signed the Metre Convention, which basically committed the country to use the metric system. In return, French scientists sent two platinum-iridium cylinders that weigh 1kg to the US in 1889 (known by their designations K4 and K20 from a set of 40 identical objects that were produced and sent around the world). So even though everything you see and buy in the US is usually reported in pounds, all weights are traceable back to the K20 kilogram (by applying a conversion factor to get to pounds).

When I was in DC a few weeks ago, I visited the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and got up close with K20, which is still kept there and used to calibrate all mass standards in this country. I thought it was pretty cool.

Edited by Bill Connor


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Oh yeah, buoyant force. definitely going to be a small amount of diff- 110mg!? good god that's a LOT

6 days ago

Booty butler..Sir Mix-a-lot agrees. But on topic, I wish the use would just switch to metric.

6 days ago

I cannot believe the sheer amount of anti-American sentiment in this comment section. The U.S.A. is, objectively, the most free and prosperous nation in the history of the world. We're at the forefront of the technological revolution, inventors of much of the most advanced medical treatments, and harbor the world's largest economy, yet we're being called stupid for choosing to use the Imperial system of measurement? I personally prefer Metric for physics and Imperial for day-to-day use, and that's worked out quite well for me. If you'd like to argue about the validity of a measuring system, that's fine. But using your bias to degrade the planet's finest upholder of freedom and technological advancement seems to be largely predicated on simple, illogical anti-Americanism.

1 week ago

The problem is that it is hard for a person that have been growing up with the Imperial system to
imagine sizes in Metric. 10 Inches can be imaged in front of their eye, but not 250mm.

Me as been growing up with the Metric system can imagen both, since we use inches for a lot of things,
and we also had the Imperial system once in Sweden. But as a CNC machinist, i must say that 1/100 of an
inch is bad, and many companies in the Us are using Metric in their programming.

Check out these by the way.

"Society for Preservation of American Standard Imperial Units"


https://www.facebook.com/pg/gramedup/posts/?ref=page_internal

1 week ago

Veritasium does gravity change on earth? added mass over decades from outer space? Does convection under the earth crust change gravity at different points on the globe at different times?

2 weeks ago

Even the definition of an inch is nowadays based on metrics.

2 weeks ago

the only simple thing that the french invent because frenchs are complicated lol

2 weeks ago

The answer is no

2 weeks ago

The US should do what the UK done, introduce all packaging and products to dual weights. While keep highlighting the metric weights. Until the populace becomes comfortable with both, easily switching without computation. Then slowly phase out Imperial. I am fluent in both weight systems. A pint is still a pint in the UK.

3 weeks ago

I want a bootiebutler

3 weeks ago

I’m kinda “meh” on the whole metric vs. US issue, except when I have to work in both. In med school, I could do my assessments and diagnostics in US measurements, but measure medicines and do chemistry in metric. Pediatrics...I needed to run a conversion on my notes for drug dose calculations. When I used flight sims, I flew aircraft on US measurement, but spacecraft on metric (60km altitude, fire the ramjets; 100km altitude, circularize the orbit).

3 weeks ago

RandomUserName Yes, that’s it..Scramjets. Regular rams don’t work if the air’s moving too fast. Scramjets are great for that velocity kick before you have to go exoatmospheric.

2 weeks ago

ramjet's are inefficient and bad
supersonic ramjet's are better most way
just as a Question
did you play Orbiter

2 weeks ago

"Sound crazy?" No, no, no. It's idiotic. Unnecessary redundant unit. I feel poor for young generation who's born in this system.

3 weeks ago

American idiots

3 weeks ago

1kg of feathers

4 weeks ago

Who would actually dislike this video lol

4 weeks ago

hey i realy dont understand


can someone explain me 8:24?

4 weeks ago

In simple terms, the kilogram is now defined mathematically.  It was always defined by a physical object.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_e1wITe_ig

1 week ago

So why they don't define it as a number of atoms?

4 weeks ago

Imperial is f...ing stupid. But Muricaaah!!!

4 weeks ago

8:24 well wtf will it be defined as? You didn't explain that sht

1 month ago

5:01 wait hold up, can anyone here explain to me why humidity matters? I know why/how everything else affects its weight.

1 month ago