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Introduction The Metric system is the most used system of measurement in the world Americans are not fairly up to date about Some people believe that the whole world deals with miles feet and pounds Yet they are mistaken The whole world deals with meters grams and liters The United States is the only country that does not use the metric system The metric system official name is the SI or International System of Units The metric system is the official system of measurement of science Everything in science is based on metrics There was a law passed in 1975 by Congress for America to convert to a metric country like the rest of the world Yet it fell through and never came to be In this paper I will explain the many facets of the metric system How it came to be how it works its seven base units its prefixes and how to convert metric system units from one to another History of measurement Throughout Time Measurement has been used in society since the time of Noahs ark Noahs base unit was called the cubit It was the distance from a mans tip of his middle finger to his elbow This was the most efficient because it could be used right away The practice of using the body for measurement continued on The foot was developed by using the mans foot for measurement While using the body for measurement the ancient societies found interesting things about the body An inch was originally the width of a mans thumb They also uncovered some ratios that existed in the body The inch was also the length from the tip of the forefinger to the begging of the joint Twelve times that number was the foot Three times the foot was the distance from the tip of the
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