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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

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.


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