Summarize the history of America’s first attempts to implement the metric system in the 1800’s. What was different in the American and French approach to the metric system?

Summarize the history of America’s first attempts to implement the metric system in the 1800’s. What was different in the American and French approach to the metric system?  Do you think that the objections raised to metric conversion were valid for that time period? Do you think American business would have been better or worse off if the change to metric had been made then?  There was a large interest in switching to the metric system in the 1970’s. Why do you think the effort was largely unsuccessful? Do you think that your professional environment would benefit from a switch to metric? In what ways?  What would be the greatest challenge in making a switch to metric in your professional environment? Be specific about your personal opinions.

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