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Plot Device
12-16-2008, 07:25 PM
Is this video mathematically correct? Or is it exaggerating? It's 2:35 long, and it's one of those homemade mashups that you can whip out in about 3 hours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JIirvMxTCI

Let me run down the claims the video is making:

One trillion dollars. How much is it?

1) If it's stacked up as just one dollar bills, that stack will be 67,000 miles high (109,000 km). (This one is basically dependent upon determining a uniform thickness for each bill. I personally do not know what that thickness is, and the video doesn't reveal it.)
2) If you had a job that paid you one dollar per second 24/7/365 you would need to work 31,709 years.
3) Something about a jet fighter. (This one is way too complicated for me to explain, and you need to start with the exact dimensions of each dollar bill, and the video doesn't stipulate if it's the dimension of length or the dimension of width that's being measured.)
4) It would buy every man, woman and child (I believe that's 300 million of us) in the USA 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
5) Another analogy about how if Jesus spent 1 million dollars a day every day since the day he was born (essentially this math equation is starting with the non-existent Year "Zero") he would need until October 2737 AD to rack up a trillion.



Is this bogus and conveniently exaggerated math? Or is it real?





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Shadow_Ferret
12-16-2008, 08:37 PM
*head explodes trying to comprehend math*

writerterri
12-16-2008, 08:39 PM
I just wanted to be poster #3

Don
12-16-2008, 08:41 PM
I just wanted to be poster #3
There you go with that advanced math again. You're gonna kill poor Ed. :D

writerterri
12-16-2008, 08:50 PM
There you go with that advanced math again. You're gonna kill poor Ed. :D


I just need pie. I'm okay.

Shadow_Ferret
12-16-2008, 08:52 PM
I just need pi. I'm okay.
*head explodes again*

writerterri
12-16-2008, 08:54 PM
*head explodes again*


*picks up the empty shells and leaves*

Plot Device
12-16-2008, 09:20 PM
I admit that I rarely hang out in Office Party, but do you guys maybe smoke weed in here or something? The level of laid-back-ness is amazing (and downright inspiring too).

So nobody's a math geek????? (Just a bunch of basement horticulturalists????)

Plot Device
12-16-2008, 09:37 PM
Willibie, the thread HAS been derailed! :D How can you derail a derailment??? A train can only be sent carreening into a grassy embankment one time and no more.

Don
12-16-2008, 09:50 PM
I admit that I rarely hang out in Office Party, but do you guys maybe smoke weed in here or something? The level of laid-back-ness is amazing (and downright inspiring too).

So nobody's a math geek????? (Just a bunch of basement horticulturalists????)
You can't smoke weed on the Interwebs. However, a slight overvoltage on your PC gives a nice tingle through the keyboard that achieves much the same thing. If you smell burning flesh, turn the voltage down just a smidge. :)

Williebee
12-16-2008, 09:52 PM
A train can only be sent carreening into a grassy embankment one time and no more.

You've obviously never spent any time with a five year old and Thomas the Tank Engine.

Yeshanu
12-16-2008, 10:21 PM
Is this video mathematically correct? Or is it exaggerating? It's 2:35 long, and it's one of those homemade mashups that you can whip out in about 3 hours.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JIirvMxTCI

Let me run down the claims the video is making:

One trillion dollars. How much is it?

1) If it's stacked up as just one dollar bills, that stack will be 67,000 miles high (109,000 km). (This one is basically dependent upon determining a uniform thickness for each bill. I personally do not know what that thickness is, and the video doesn't reveal it.)
2) If you had a job that paid you one dollar per second 24/7/365 you would need to work 31,709 years.
3) Something about a jet fighter. (This one is way too complicated for me to explain, and you need to start with the exact dimensions of each dollar bill, and the video doesn't stipulate if it's the dimension of length or the dimension of width that's being measured.)
4) It would buy every man, woman and child (I believe that's 300 million of us) in the USA 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
5) Another analogy about how if Jesus spent 1 million dollars a day every day since the day he was born (essentially this math equation is starting with the non-existent Year "Zero") he would need until October 2737 AD to rack up a trillion.



Is this bogus and conveniently exaggerated math? Or is it real?





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First of all, the actual value of "one trillion (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trillion)" is not quite standard. I'm going to assume that this person is taking the more usual meaning (in English-speaking countries) of one million million, or twelve zeros.

There are 525600 seconds in a year, 527040 seconds in a leap year. That makes 2103840 seconds in every four-year period. It would take you 1,901,285 1/4 years to rack up a trillion dollars at a dollar per second. (At half a million dollars per year, your income isn't even comparable to JK Rowling, who will, if she continues to earn the same amount as she did this year, reach a trillion dollars in a mere 1538 1/2 years, barring investment income.)

As for spending a million dollars a day, it would take exactly a million days, since a trillion is one million million. A million days is 2737.85 years. So yep, the last one is right.

Yeshanu
12-16-2008, 10:22 PM
Oh, and just call me "geek." :D

I didn't answer the other two because I don't have all the facts to plug in to the equation, not because I don't want to... :tongue

Plot Device
12-16-2008, 11:58 PM
Yes, 12 zeroes is my understanding also. :)

So as to the mathematical accuarcy of the five claims made in the video, your assesment is as follows:

1) Inconclusive.
2) Wrong (it would take way longer).
3) Inconclusive.
4) Inconclusive.
5) Correct.

Yeshanu
12-16-2008, 11:59 PM
So far. :D

Plot Device
12-17-2008, 12:24 AM
So far. :D


Thank you! :)