## Circular of the Bureau of Standards, Issue 570 |

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The Metric System : Definition , Origin , and Development The metric system is the international

The Metric System : Definition , Origin , and Development The metric system is the international

**decimal**system of weights and measures based on the meter and the kilogram . The essential features of the system were embodied in a report ... Page 7

Subdivision of Units In general , units are subdivided by one of three systems : ( a )

Subdivision of Units In general , units are subdivided by one of three systems : ( a )

**decimal**, that is into tenths ; ( b ) duodecimal , into twelfths ; or ( c ) binary , into halves . Usually the subdivision is continued by the use of ... Page 8

... ( c ) the

... ( c ) the

**decimal**system from the Chinese and Egyptians , some develop- ments having been made by the Hindus , and ( d ) the sexagesimal system ( division by 60 ) , now illustrated in the subdivision of units of angle and of time ... Page 18

In section 5.4 the tables are carried out to a large number of

In section 5.4 the tables are carried out to a large number of

**decimal**places and exact values are indicated by boldface type . In most of the other tables only a limited number of**decimal**places are given , thus making the tables ... Page 26

Equivalents involving

Equivalents involving

**decimals**are , in most instances , rounded off to the third**decimal**place except where they are exact , in which cases these exact equivalents are so designated . LENGTHS 1 angstrom ( A ) " . 1 cable's length .### What people are saying - Write a review

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Page 18 - Square Measure 144 square inches (sq. in.) = 1 square foot (sq. ft.) 9 square feet = 1 square yard (sq. yd.) 30£ square yards = 1 square rod (sq.

Page 18 - Cubic Measure 1728 cubic inches (cu. in.) =1 cubic foot (cu. ft.) 27 cubic feet = 1 cubic yard (cu. yd.) 128 cubic feet = 1 cord (cd...

Page 29 - Used in assaying. The assay ton bears the same relation to the milligram that a ton of 2,000 pounds avoirdupois bears to the ounce troy; hence the weight in milligrams of precious metal obtained from one assay ton of ore gives directly the number of troy ounces to the net ton.

Page 4 - The essential features of the system were embodied in a report made to the French National Assembly by the Academy of Sciences in 1791. A number of other nations were invited to cooperate with France in establishing the new system, and Holland, Denmark...

Page 12 - When an equal-arm balance is used to compare an object with standards of mass ("weights"), the effects of variations in the acceleration of gravity are self-eliminating and need not be taken into account, but the apparent mass of the object is slightly different from the true mass because of the buoyant effects of the surrounding air. Mass can then be computed from apparent mass by applying a correction for air buoyancy. When a spring balance is used, an additional correction accounting for the local...

Page 20 - Dry Measure. — 2 pints = 1 quart; 8 quarts = 1 peck; 4 pecks = 1 bushel.

Page 14 - The mean solar day is divided into 24 hours, each hour into 60 minutes, and each minute into 60 seconds.

Page 4 - The liter is defined as the volume occupied, under standard conditions, by a quantity of pure water having a mass of 1 kilogram. This volume is very nearly equal to 1 000 cubic centimeters or 1 cubic decimeter; the actual metric equivalent iĦ.

Page 20 - The meter bars, however, continue in use as a standard for most types of measurements. In the metric system, designations of multiples and subdivisions of any unit may be arrived at by combining with the name of the unit the prefixes deka, hecto, and kilo, meaning, respectively, 10, 100, and 1,000, and deci, centi, and mill!, meaning, respectively, one-tenth, onehundredth, and one-thousandth.