1795-1995 Bicentenary of the Decimal Metric System
On 7 April 1795 the National Convention of France decreed the new “Republican Measures” to be legal measures in France. The units of measurement included the meter, are, liter, and gram; and the prefixes centi, deci, deca, hecto, and kilo. This was the decimal system of measurement units or the decimal metric system that has survived practically unchanged as the basis of the modern International System of Units, or SI for short.
[“FOR ALL TIME; FOR ALL PEOPLES”]
Take the following tests to see why the decimal system is simpler:
Why Decimal?
Hint: The two sums are the same. Answer: 6 yards, 2 feet, 2-9/16 inches; or 6.161 meters |
Why Decimal?
What is its floor area in square meters? |
Why Decimal?
that is you wish to divide 7-1/4 in. by 5 and to divide 11 in. by 7.Questions: What are the dimensions of each rectangle in millimeters? |
The above information was compiled by the late Joseph B. Reid, President Emeritus, Canadian Metric Association.
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