Counting to One MillionDate: 10/25/1999 at 00:30:21 From: Joseph Guarez Subject: Counting to one million How long would it take to count to one million? I've counted to a hundred and I wrote down that time. Then I counted from 300,000 to 300,100 and wrote that time down. I then counted again from 7,000,000 to 7,000,100 and wrote that time down. I then averaged those times and used that as the time to count each one hundred. I know I'm not making much sense but I really would like to have some help. Thanks. Date: 10/25/1999 at 17:59:51 From: Doctor Schwa Subject: Re: Counting to one million This actually makes quite a lot of sense. Now you know, for instance, that it takes you on average 70 seconds to count 100 numbers. That is, your RATE of counting is 100 numbers / 70 seconds, just like miles per hour, only for you it's numbers per second. And remember distance = rate * time? That's like miles = (miles per hour) * hours only now for you it's going to be numbers counted = (numbers per second) * seconds. You know how many numbers you want to count (a million), you have measured about how many numbers per second you can count, so now you can solve for the third thing, the total number of seconds it will take. - Doctor Schwa, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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