







More on millions and billions 
20100311 

From julio: shouldn't the thousands of millions, tens of thousands of millions, and hundreds of thousands of millions be called what they are? technically they are not billions because billions come after 999,999,999,999 . It would sound better to call the numbers by their real name when economists talk about the national deficit besides mathematics is a very precise science that doesn't admit mistakes. Or am I wrong? I know that in other countries is expressed different than here. I have this question to different people and nobody has a "logical" explanation to it. " that's the way is here in the US" does not explain any thing Answered by Penny Nom. 





Billions and more! and even more! 
20040301 

From Steph: What comes after undecillion? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Billions and more! 
19970915 

From Mahabir B. Gupta: I would like to know how you americans write the number 1 billion. Do you say "One thousand million"..can you answer by giving me examples? 1,000,000> 1 million 1,000,000,000>1 billion Why is it that in spanish it is different? Answered by Penny Nom. 





1 billion x 1 billion 
20170811 

From Kona: 1 billion x 1 billion
1 trillion x 1 trillion Answered by Penny Nom. 





20 million as a percentage of 7.3 billion 
20151118 

From Nick: Based on the estimate of the worlds current population (7.3 billion people), I'm trying to work out what percentage of that figure 20 million people would amount to?
(Apologies in advance that I've no idea if the 7.3 billion figure is an American Billion or UK billion)
Thanks for any help.
Nick. Answered by Penny Nom. 





What is 1000 billion billion? 
20150310 

From LeRoy: what does this mean? 1000 billion billion Answered by Penny Nom. 





$xx,xxx million 
20150112 

From sherry:
as a financial editor, for years I've seen $\$$ amts like this:
$\$xx,xxx$ million (ie, with a comma, not dec point)
Isn't that thousands of millions, which would equal 'billions'? Answered by Penny Nom. 





25 billion dollars 
20110826 

From Bill: If you have $25billion dollars, what would the value of this amount become if you inflated it at 4% per year for 55 years?=C2=A0 My TVM calculator will not go this high. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Multiplying Large Numbers 
20090709 

From Jessica: What is 12 billion X 6 trillion? Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Multiplying Large Numbers 
20090709 

From Jessica: What is 12 billion X 6 trillion? Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





What is 3 trillion divided by 3 billion? 
20090618 

From Dianna: What is 3 trillion divided by 3 billion? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why is the difference between british and american counting? 
20081215 

From Muhammad: Why is the difference between british and american counting?
Example 1 Billion american = 1,000,000,000 but,
1 Billion British = 1,000,000,000,000 Answered by Robert Dawson and Harley Weston. 





The prime factorization of one billion 
20081102 

From Alta: The prime factorization of 1000 is 2 cubed times 5 cubed. How do you write the prime factorization of one billion using exponents? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some number words 
20080925 

From jodie: My son would like to know the names of digits. When counting it starts ones, tens, hundred, thousand, millions, billions, trillion...he would like to know the order of what comes next and how far we have named them.. Answered by Penny Nom. 





How much can Daisy spend? 
20071014 

From Math: Daisy has $25.00 to spend on dinner. Her sister tells her to leave 18% of the bill as a tip and
the sales tax is 8% of the bill. What is the maximum amount she can spend on dinner in order to cover
the meal, sales tax, and the tip? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Water bill woes 
20070812 

From Terry: I know that a cubic foot of water=7.48051945 gals., but I keep getting my water bill and they go by thousands of a gal. per cubic foot. Is there a conversion that says that shows this? Water department=.763 x cubic foot used=thousands of gallons water used that month. Exampel: 72cu. ft meter reading x .763+ 58. galons of water I use in a month. Total 58=thousand = +gallons. This is wrong. There are only two people in the house. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





$380 Billion divided by 29.6 million 
20070205 

From Bob: $380 Billion divided by Iraq population of 29.6 million equals $_____ / Iraqi. Answered by Penny Nom. 





1.26 billion 
20061210 

From James: how do you write 1.26 billion Answered by Penny Nom. 





10,000 Million sandwiches 
20060912 

From A business person: One of our customers said that the UK sells "10,000 Million" sandwiches annually in their take away restaurants...
How many is this exactly? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How many billions make a trillion? 
20060408 

From Bill: How many billions make a trillion? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A bill with a 15% tip and a 10% discount 
20060320 

From Tracy: A $4500 bill is presented, without tax. 10% discount coupon. Add 15% tip with 3 people spitting for the sever. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Daddy Warbucks' cash 
20060222 

From Grace: Daddy Warbucks always carries a specific number of $100 and $500 bills for impulse purchases and $1 bills for tips. If he has 500 bills in his briefcase and they total $50,000, how many bills of each denomination does he carry? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





6 trillion x 50 million 
20050930 

From Roly: There is a realm of the richest galaxies in the in the night sky. They are 50 million light years away. That is 6 trillion x 50 million???. What math equivalent is that? Answered by Penny. 





One million times one billion 
20050215 

From A student: How much is ONE MILLION TIMES ONE BILLION in the American system ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A big number 
20040826 

From Mark: If you have $999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999,999.99 and you find a pennie how much is that and can you give me the name of it. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A big number 
20040808 

From Carter: Can you tell me what number this is?
10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
Where can I find the names for big numbers? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Billions in Australia 
20040312 

From An Australian: how many million in one billion ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How high does the sequence of numbers go 
20030907 

From Shayna: My quetion is "How high to the sequence of numbers go"? e.g. one, ten, hundred, thousand, million, billion, trillion, and from there is my queston. Answered by Penny Nom. 





One percent of a billion 
20030904 

From Charles: What is one percent of one billion? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Hundreds, thousands, millions,... 
20030219 

From Karissa and Jasmeen: hundreds, thousands, millions,  can you help us with the rest of this sequence  we are trying to find the largest number Answered by Penny Nom. 





Arithmitic sequence 
20030201 

From A student: I am having problems solving this arithmetic sequence... 1, 5, 10, ___, 50, 1.00, ___, 10.00, ... I believe the answers to be 25 and 5.00 but I can't figure why. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





How many billions equal one trillion? 
20021207 

From Ryan and Aylah: How many billions equal one trillion? We believe that the answer is one thousand times one billion equals one trillion. Please help us with the answer to this question. Answered by Penny Nom. 





6,000,000,000,000,000,000 
20010712 

From James: How would I express 6,000,000,000,000,000,000 in words? Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





A phone bill 
20010618 

From Janet: What is the formuala to calculate cost per minute? Here is the data below # of calls  238 # of minutes  443 cost  $70.06 Answered by Penny Nom. 





How big is a trillion? 
20001107 

From A teacher: How can you explain how much a trillion is to a 5th grade class? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Names for large numbers 
20000616 

From Mireille Carthier: I am trying to find the common names (in English and French) for the big numbers as follows:  English  French  10^{6}  million  million  10^{9}  billion  milliard?  10^{12}  trillion  billion?  10^{15}  ??  trillion?  Thank you very much Answered by Claude Tardif and Harley Weston. 





An unbelievable story 
20000117 

From Melissa: good morningi am taking a course "math for elementary teachers" and i have a take home problem that i really need help on. here is the question the million dollar problem a recent item in the newspaper described a robbery in which the robber had held up a local bank for 1 million dollars in small bills, had the tellers put the money in a briefcase which he gave them, and fled the scene on foot. is this story believable? explain your answer! Answered by Harley Weston. 





Dollar Bills 
19990927 

From NRQT: Why are 1999 American dollar bills worth more than 1997 American dollars bills? This has to be put into a mathematical problem??? Answered by Penny Nom and Claude Tardif. 





A gazillion 
19990821 

From Leah: Does a gazillion really exist? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Thousands, millions, billions and trillions 
19960822 

From Blaine: What are the names of the periods in groups of numbers like 123,456,789. I need to know the names of them for school. I already know the first ones: units thousands millions billions trillions. Answered by Penny Nom and Diane Hanson. 





Une autre bille de rayon différent 
20020227 

From Sarah: une bille de 6 cm repose au fond d'1 cylindre droit dont la base est un disque de rayon 10 cm. On verse de l'eau dans le cylindre de façon à recouvrir exactement la bille. Démontrez que l'on peut remplacer la bille par une autre bille de rayon différent (mais supérieur) de sorte que l'eau initialement versée recouvre exactement cette nouvelle bille Answered by Claude Tardif. 

