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Nerd Alert! 11 November 2006

Filed under: Nerdiness,Randomness — laughinglaura @ 22:25

So…  I discovered today that there are two different systems for naming large numbers.  The American system, and the English system.  How this math major never learned about the two different systems in five years of studing math is beyond me, however, I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised.  After all, we Americans refuse to standardize and use the metric system like the rest of the world. 

Anyway…  Without further ado, I present the data table for the two numbering systems for your learning pleasure.  😀  

                                                                         Scientific
American:                           Number                  Notation

Thousand                                             1,000       10^3
Million                                           1,000,000       10^6
Billion                                     1,000,000,000       10^9
Trillion                            1,000,000,000,000       10^12
Quadrillion               1,000,000,000,000,000       10^15
Quintillion          1,000,000,000,000,000,000       10^18

English:

Thousand                                             1,000       10^3           
Million                                           1,000,000       10^6            
Thousand Million                     1,000,000,000       10^9  
Billion                              1,000,000,000,000       10^12
Thousand Billion        1,000,000,000,000,000       10^15  
Trillion               1,000,000,000,000,000,000       10^18 

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