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I'm an American living in South Korea, so I know both and how to translate both.
2.5 centimeters make an inch, and 180 cm is 5'11"; 170 cm is 5'7"; 160 cm is 5'3" and so on.
To get Celsius, subtract 32 from Farenheight and divide by two, or reverse the steps for the other way around. (For example, 35 C is about 102 F.)
For Pounds, double the number of Kilograms and add 10%. (100 kg is about 220 pounds.)
I honestly HATE Metric! It's SO goddamn stupid! It makes since for Science (although Metric measurements are just as arbitrary and "random" as Imperial, with the only "more logical" thing being their base units of 10), but Metric is idiotic for everyday human life, as in how most humans are under 2 meters tall and the weather on Earth almost never gets hotter than 40 C. So with Metric, you're only using a tiny fraction of the scale in your day to day life; so much so that you have to start using decimals and fractions for numbers, which is just one reason why I hate it!
But I do know both scales. Only one I don't really know is UK's weight system, although I do know a Stone is 14 pounds.0
I use both! As an American, I use mostly imperial, but as the daughter of a physician (who only use metric) and a Britton (who obviously use metric) I'm used to using both!22
Metric. The imperial measurements give me a headache 😆 I also have to use Google every time for it haha.10
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I usually use what is most common around me... unless any calculations whatsoever need to be done, then I'm switching over to metric. Math gets retarded with anything past square feet when using imperial. Metric is clean and simple, though at the same time usually hard to convey if other people don't use it.
In water labs we'd use metric, then switch to imperial when we'd share data for the day. We couldn't communicate with the public, workers, or the pumping stations otherwise. It would take a couple generations and an incentive for metric to catch on in the US.21
I live in the USA, where imperial is the standard. But I also am in school to be a nurse, and have taken a fair number of science courses, where metric measurement is the standard. I am fairly well versed in conversion, though I don't have all the formulas memorized. Nurses have to do a bit of math when calculating drip rates or double checking medication orders. I am also considering becoming an anesthetist, which requires the same math and more, when doing dosage calculations such as those based on a patient's weight.
I make a point to learn and incorporate metric into my life. I try to estimate distances and measurements using meters as well as our imperial system. I even switched my motorcycle speedometer display to km/hr rather than miles/hr, even though all the speed limits here are posted in miles/hr. I made a game of habitually estimating my miles/hour given the km/hour posted by my motorcycle speedometer.0
Obviously, the metric system is better but people use what they learned and are familiar with. The USA has been trying to switch to the metric system for 50 years and they haven't made a dent. The only way to go to the metric system is charge a 10% tax on anything with English units manufactured after a certain date.
If a new cars has speed odometer in MPH or the engine has a 5/8th inch bolt the a $30,000 car would cost $33,000. A tape measure, scale, lumber, tools, clothing, etc. made with English units would cost 10% more. In two months almost nothing would be manufactured that has English units and in a year people would know the metric system. Otherwise, in in the year 2122 and beyond the USA will still be using the English system.10
Even the imperialists count their money in a metric way.
Subconsciously they KNOW what's wrong :D
Myself - it's metric all the way. Plumbing size is an exception, though, that I ''tolerate''.
In my engineering related profession I can't keep imperial out of my life; but it slows things down when I need to convert input values too often.
Just imagine you go shopping for eggs and you order ''three quarters of a dozen'' - the counter girl will laugh at you.10
I'm an American engineer so I can easily convert units in my head. Believe it or not schools in the USA teach both.
Some things are better in one system. For example Celsius sucks for human comfort as the units are too big and there is no good useful metric measurements corresponding to the imperial foot.0
Actually, I use BOTH, especially with my handy dandy unit converter!22
Mostly metric, but there's exceptions such as driving in mph not kmph and I measure long distance in miles. My biggest bugbear is when you get a recipe in cups rather than metric30
My conversions are horrible! I wanted to be a pharmacist, but I failed the math 3x! Converting the liquid measurements to a solid would confuse me. Cept when I listened to the rap music and they'd say 1 oz is 28 grams or 2 lbs in a kilo.. lol10
Really? I find metric confusing. Everyone says it's supposed to be easier because it goes by 10s, but I don't know how it does.
0 being freezing makes complete sense, but as for the rest, some of our whole numbers equal to decimals in metric and vice versa. I always just googled it.
Can you explain to me how it goes by 10s, and how exactly it's supposed to be easier? I'm sure if I grew up with it, I'd understand it0
You missed the option for both.
i use both imperial and metric
lbs cooking apples, 400g of raisins
£1.80 per litre of petrol and drive at 90mph getting 20mpg.12
both... I live in the border
so there's a lot of switching in language, temperature, measurement systems and other things as well...
pretty used to it, lol10
Here in the US, most measurements are imperial. I've worked on projects around the world, and I try to use both measurements. You may notice that, when I include a measurement in one of posts, I usually include both imperial and metric measurements.10
Um, unless you're in France, the metric system IS imperial. Did you honestly think all those other countries CHOSE to adopt it?20
Metric, always. I have never used imperial, and never will. I didn't grow up using those units, and they're too confusing.10
Where im from, its fairly a mix. But i have come to a conclusion that metric is better, simpler, consistent and more accurate. So common sense dictates that metric should be used and i tend to use metric.12
I use both and know how to do most scientific calculations in both systems, though for most calculations the Metric system is easier because it's always a power of ten.0
I always use metric when traveling outside the USA, otherwise I use what is customary here.10
Same here. I have to convert everything into metric so I understand.10
I use both, as an engineer I have to repair and maintain plant that has been built to Imperial and Metric standards, so I need two sets of spanners/wrenches. I've even found both in one plant that have been repaired previously.0
In day to day projects I use imperial as I live in America and its what the standard is. But I also design and most computers use metric.10
I live in the United States so I have to use Imperial measurements. But I also lived in Europe for 12 years and got accustomed to using the metric system. The issue with metric system is that some of the numbers get really high. Like a nice round number like 100 miles 160.934 KM... so to drive across the United States it would be like 2,500 miles vs 4,000.23 miles. Or one foot is 12 inches vs 30.48 cm.
But it complicate when say there is 3 feet in yard, and 12 inches in foot, and 3.28 feet in meter. So a meter is only.28 cm longer than a yard... so serious why do we need to use yards vs. just saying its 3 feet or 36 inches? And.28 cm is like 2 .5 inches... don't even get me started on the liters to gallon, vs kiloliters to a quart. :-)
But the European method of telling time is SOOOOOOO much better than United States way. 24hr clock people, "referred to as military time in the US"... is so much more efficient. I mean seriously 6 AM or PM what we talking her 06 or 1800, people... there is no confuse here between morning or night... it that hard to subtract 12 from 18? You get so used to it you do not even have to make the correlation between 1800 or 6PM... 1800 is just 1800.