## Benefits of using Metric

### Worldwide Standard

Unlike some non-metric measurements, which
can vary even between countries, metric measurements are set by international
agreement and therefore are the same wherever you happen to be. You can be
confident that a metre, kilogram or litre will be the same whether you are
in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Jordan,
South Africa, or USA, etc. This has commercial and trade advantages for all businesses
who trade internationally, as only one set of measurements is needed.

The metric system is used by 96% of the world's
population and by all countries for scientific use.

** A
Decimal System**

Because
the metric system is a **decimal **system of weights and measures it
is easy to convert between units (e.g. from millimetres to metres, or grams
to kilograms) simply by multiplying or dividing by 10, 100, 1000, etc.
Often
this is just a case of moving the decimal point to the right or left. Fractional
notation is not used, thus making any mental arithmetic very easy.

### ** Easy
to Use**

Calculations
of metric measurements are easy to perform and price/weight comparisons
easier to understand.

### ** Standard
Naming Convention**

As multiples of units have a standard prefix, it is easy to see
how much a unit is of another unit, such as when you see the kilo- prefix,
it means one thousand of something, e.g. 1 kilogram is 1000 grams;
see section on prefixes for more info.

### Avoids Errors

When working with just one measurement system, it is much less
likely that errors will occur, such as with machinery, manufacturing,
NASA
space probes, etc.

### Future Proof

In the future, the metric system is likely to prevail as the one
and only measurement system used throughout the world, and so those who do
not use it or continue to use non-metric units will be left behind the global
economy.