The Imperial System

Posted by on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The system of imperial units is the system of units first defined in the British Weights and Measures Act of 1824, which was later refined and reduced.

Some imperial measurements remain in limited use in Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and South Africa. Measurements in feet and inches, especially for a person's height, are frequently met in conversation and non-governmental publications.

The US customary system is historically derived from the English units that were in use at the time of settlement. Because the United States was already independent at the time, these units were unaffected by the introduction of the imperial system.

The metric system is used for all scientific purposes.

During the 1970s, the metric system and SI units were introduced in Canada to replace the imperial system.

The system came into official use across the British Empire. By the late 20th century, most nations of the former empire had officially adopted the metric system as their main system of measurement, although some imperial units are still used in the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries formerly part of the British Empire.

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