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American Reticence against the DMS

Ruben A. Gomez, PE

This course describes the reticence of the American public against the Decimal Metric System and the reluctance of the authorities to enforce it, despite the fact that on the books there is a Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, which makes the metric system "the preferred system of weights and measures for the U.S. trade and commerce."

Naturally, there are some reasons why the American public is so obstinate in maintaining the English foot-pound as their system of choice. Those reasons are examined in this course as well as the likely possibility that the "status quo" will be maintained for many years to come, unless the wording of the 1988 Act is revised to make its implementation a requirement of law.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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