Date: Wed, 16 Nov 94 10:56:16 PST From: Keith Averell Subject: grade 3 math Dear Dr. Math: I am wondering, what is it like to be a college math whiz. Where is your college located? Oh ya, I want to know what 1,000,000,000,000,000 is? Thanks For Your Help Matt Yarbrough
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 1994 00:48:28 -0500 (EST) From: Dr. Ken Subject: Re: grade 3 math Hello there! Let me tell you, it's GREAT to be a college math whiz! Actually, I'm not sure whether I fit that description or not, but I know I LOVE MATH! But I don't want to marry it. See, I love math the same way people love music or painting or something like that. I do it because it is fun, and I'll keep doing it as long as I can pass it off as real work! I and the other Math Doctors go to Swarthmore College, which is in Pennsylvania. It's very close to the city of Philadelphia. Can you find Philadelphia on a map? The town of Swarthmore is just south (and a little west) of Philadelphia. To tell you the truth, it looks like the number 1,000,000,000,000,000 has a couple of different names. I looked it up in a dictionary, and it looks like in the United States, we say it is one quadrillion. Here's how it works in the U.S.: 1,000 is one thousand. 1,000,000 is one million. 1,000,000,000 is one billion. 1,000,000,000,000 is one trillion. 1,000,000,000,000,000 is one quadrillion. But in Great Britain, this dictionary claims, it works like this: 1,000 is one thousand. 1,000,000 is one million. 1,000,000,000,000 is one billion. 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 is one trillion. So in Great Britain, your number would be "one thousand billion." For what it's worth. Anyway, thanks for the questions! -Ken "Dr." Math
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