Why is the metric system important?

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Apr 10, 2016

The metric system is used by nearly everyone on Earth.


Without the metric system, we'd have a different International System of Units, the metric system is important because 1mm is 0.1cm, 1 cm is 0.01m, with the imperial system the conversion is tedious.

Mar 22, 2017

The most important feature of the metric system is its base in scientific fact and repeatable standards of measurement.
The metric system has been adopted by almost every country in the world.


The bonus in this system is the ease of calculations using multiples of tens available in this system as compared to others.

Some systems are based on measurements of body parts and arbitrary multiples of these measurements. The metric system
relies on the definition of each unit using standard procedures and prototypes.

An example is the definition of the weight measurement of one kilogram and the length measurement of one metre. The mass is a block of an alloy of platinum stored at the BIPM in France.

The metre is defined as the distance light will travel in a vacuum in the time of #1/(299 792 458)#second.