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Janethg02
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Why is it better to use the metric system, rather than the English system, in scientific measurement? The English system uses one unit for each category of measurement. The metric system uses one unit for each category of measurement. The English system uses consistent fractions that are multiples of 10. The metric system utilizes a variety of number conversions.

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stevenkaufmann

Because the metric system is much simpler and easier to use.  The metric system is an improvement over the English system in three major points: 1.  One unit of measurement for each physical quantity. No matter from which other quantities of the SI system derived, yields always the same unit.  2. Scalanility by prefixes-  combinations of prefix and unit make for a plethora of convenient combined units.  3. Decimal system- Fractions are expressed in decimal notation. Not only makes this the notation unique, exhaustive and intuitively comparable, but also allows unit conversion without doing math- simply by shifts of the decimal point.  

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