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ElemPoW: A Million in Time  posted March 26, 2001
Posted:
Mar 28, 2001 12:50 PM


Many of the early submitters to "ElemPoW: A Million in Time  posted March 26, 2001" [http://mathforum.com/elempow/solutions/solution.ehtml?puzzle=106] have misinterpreted the question being asked, so I thought I've give you all a "headsup."
The misinterpretation involves submitters stating the expected life span of a human being as their final short Answer. While this is a good piece of information to include in the Explanation, it is not the focus of the problem (after all, this would only require research and not much math).
Rather, the problem focus is on 1) converting units of time and 2) developing a sense of how long a million in each of the units of time listed in the problem is. The final answer should state which millions a person can expect to see in his or her lifetime.
I hope this helps!
Lisa



