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Posted 3/7/17
i use mm and grams form small stuff. standard for everything else. except auot repair, all my cars are forgien
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In addition to what others have posted it really depends on your field of work. I work on cars and boats and it really matters where the vehicle is made, if there has been any aftermarket pieces added etc. etc. Basically I have two sets of everything; one metric and one imperial, and I am guaranteed to need both in a regular day. Slowly Slowly I have seen them switching from standard to metric. Right now its a horrifying mashup of both though.
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Posted 3/7/17

iriomote wrote:


TheCock1 wrote:

But here it says weather, construction and transportation. In a lot of discussions regarding weather there are often confused americans if celcius is used but not specified. I assume it's because they don't use celcius. My dad has an american car and it uses miles per hour as well as Km per hour. I'm pretty sure they tend to use MPH. It's written construction but even in Canada we don't use the metric system for construction so this also seems wrong.

I want to know when they actually use the metric system.

On the consumer end we're almost entirely non-metric. I'm not even sure whether most Americans could tell you the freezing or boiling point of water in Celsius (without looking it up first). Then again, many probably couldn't do that for Fahrenheit either.

On the manufacturing end I'd say we have a foot in both doors, as it were. Due to the global market there's been some shift toward using metric, however that shift has been by no means a universal one.

If you think that using both systems in manufacturing could cause confusion, you'd be correct: For example, something like.. twenty years ago, NASA lost a huge amount of money due to a crash caused by a Metric-English system mixup.

Outside everyday use, I prefer metric, since it's easier for most calculations. Though as I recall there are a few squeaky thermodynamic equations that are actually simpler if you convert to the English system and then convert back to metric afterwards.


Haha, as a current American I am more in tune with my Metric System over the Imperial System. This is simply because in my portion of STEM (Geology, Mathematics and GIS) we use Metric for pretty much everything. Our professors told us if it is in Imperial and we want to make our life easy, convert it to Metric in the first step.

So I have been using Metric System pretty much exclusively minus the driving aspect of it (still go in miles).
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Well, I buy gas by the gallon and Coke by the liter.
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Like a couple others have said, we use metric for chemistry and physics, and a couple of other scientific fields, but outside of special applications we normally use the imperial system.
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as an expat I am having a terrible time converting, I know in the past we have voted on changing to what the rest of the world uses and it lost every single time. If I decided to move back to the usa again I am going to hard a hard time converting back to the metric system
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The only time I use Metric with some regularity is in cooking. Not much calls for it, so it's not second-nature, for me.
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As an American, when I'm outside the country I only really struggle with temperature and weight. Celcius is a confusing conversion for me. And I think that having to consider weight in grams and kilograms is weird.

I'd also kind of prefer to keep using imperial measurements for distance, but I can live with meters.
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I only use freedom units
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