That's a Big Number!Date: 12/11/96 at 00:40:34 From: Mason Subject: That's a Big Number! Dr. Math, I'm in grade 5, and I have a question: What number is 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000? Date: 12/11/96 at 11:26:20 From: Doctor Rob Subject: Re: That's a Big Number! Good question! One quattuordecillion. Usually we write this as 10^45 or 10 to the 45th power. The names for these kinds of big numbers come from the Latin words for three, four, five, etc. This one corresponds to the Latin word for 14, or "quattuordecem," because there are 15 triples of zeroes. I don't know why this system seems to be one off from what you expect. I think it is just an historical accident. -Doctor Rob, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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