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The U.S is the only country currently not using the metric system as its primary system of measurement. Imagine uou have been appointed to the Board in the US Trade and Commerce department that is trying to rewrite the metric conversion act of 1975 in order to convert the country to the metric system. Describe three components or ideas that you would institute immediately that would help convert the US to the metric system. Congress has tried, now its your turn.

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    Would ease of having everyone havign the same measurement system be one? saving time?

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    I also did just a lil research and found out that the board of the US trade and Commerce depart. is no longer in existence. But I will need help putting my ideas together.

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    Probably the only real thing that would help would be massive amounts of federal money devoted to changing industries and workmen's tools to the metric system. Money should be spent changing all highway signs to combined metric and U.S. systems of kilometers/miles.

    But the U.S. cannot afford to spend so much money on metric conversion.

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    by converting workin tools to the metric system and the high sign measurement, what impact would that have?

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    The biggest argument I've heard is that it would be too expensive to convert tools and industry to the metric system.

    Changing highway signs would help change the public's perceptions.

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    Yea, but my project wants me to encourage congress to change it to the metric system. So how would changing those tools and the highway measurement system be benificial? what is public perception?

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    Public perception is what the ordinary people see and believe.

    Congress needs the support of the voters to mandate a change. But we are gradually changing. Some soft drink bottles come in 2-liter sizes. Our food products are labeled in both measurements. Products manufactured here and sold abroad have both measurements. In many ways, we're already on the metric system.

    These sites may also help you.

    http://ts.nist.gov/WeightsAndMeasures/Metric/lc1136a.cfm

    http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/origin.html

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