Sunday, January 1, 2017

How long would it take to count to 1 trillion-Fun with big numbers

Fun with big numbers

Many times we encounter large numbers and don't realize how big they really are.
For instance, Youtube has over 2 billion users.
Bill Gates has a net worth of over 20 billion dollars.
Facebook has over 2 billion members.
We can easily forget that these are huge numbers.
What about a trillion.

Let's review big numbers.
A million has 6 zeros
A billion has 9 zeros
A trillion has 12 zeros.

In order to count to a million, and let's assume that each number takes 1 second to count, it would take 11.5 days to count to a million.
In order to count to 1 billion, it would take 11,574 days.
Counting to a trillion will take 31,700 years.

There are numbers much larger that a trillion, but hopefully you can visualize how numbers larger than 1 billion are very very large.