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A kilometer by any other name...

November 22, 2010

Question:

Does CSU use the metric system? I need to know for my science class.

Cam’s answer:

Yes! No! I don’t know!

Here’s what I do know: CSU is within the United States, and the United States is the only technologically advanced country in the world that doesn’t use the metric system as its main system of measurement; hence, CSU doesn’t use the metric system. At least, not exclusively.

You’ll find a lot of scientists and laypeople on campus – and throughout the nation – who do use meters and kilograms and liters, because it’s easier to share measurements with the rest of the world. But think of the last time you read the temperature as a comfortable 20 degrees C, or told somebody to walk a kilometer in your shoes, and you’ll see how far we have to go to accept the metric system as our own.

That’s all I’m contributing to your quest for answers in science class. Be curious and find out more on your own! And let me know what you discover, because I’m curious, too.

Yours until the kilojoules run dry,

Cam the Ram