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6.02 x 10^23
Largest named number; 'G'
bonus 1 of 9
bonus 2 of 9
bonus 3 of 9
bonus 4 of 9
bonus 5 of 9
bonus 6 of 9
bonus 7 of 9
bonus 8 of 9
bonus 9 of 9
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Sep 26th, 2009 at 08:18 GMT
At least you didn't put googolplex on here ;) (Sadly, as I write this 8% of people have missed the number 8)
Sep 27th, 2009 at 03:34 GMT
Can I suggest you use exponential notation: eg 1x10^7, etc.
Sep 27th, 2009 at 04:56 GMT
This quiz allows a lot of time to finish.
Sep 27th, 2009 at 06:47 GMT
...so none of them are bajillion?
Sep 27th, 2009 at 08:46 GMT
Good quiz. I was thinking you should put zillion, gazillion, and bajillion as bonus answers.
Sep 28th, 2009 at 04:26 GMT
googol and googolplex for a bonus?
Sep 28th, 2009 at 22:35 GMT
What about brazilian? ;)
Sep 29th, 2009 at 14:11 GMT
Thanks for the feedback so far. Originally, I didn't want to use exponential notation as it seemed less accessible to the non-mathematically minded. However, as it's unlikely someone with no interest in maths would be able to name those numbers anyway it's a good idea, hence the change. Larger numbers have been added as well as some bogus/bonus answers like bajillion and gazillion, plus a few others that I could think of. Thanks for playing, more suggestions are welcome.
Sep 30th, 2009 at 21:37 GMT
Aah, Graham's Number. I would have never guessed. Great quiz! I love the bonus answers.
Oct 1st, 2009 at 00:18 GMT
Kinda cool, got most. Felt a bit cheated by 'graham's number' having never heard it before. How can it be the largest number?
Oct 1st, 2009 at 00:22 GMT
It's the largest number with a name which is an important distinction. Graham's number + 1 is obviously larger than Graham's number but there isn't a name for the former.
Oct 1st, 2009 at 11:11 GMT
uhuh. Surely a 'decigraham' is graham's number x 10 and that name works on the same principle as a decillion, undecillion, duodecillion and so on... Although I get that this could go on indefinitely.
Oct 1st, 2009 at 11:15 GMT
Good idea to note how many bonus answers ther are. could only get 3 tho. what are the others?
Oct 3rd, 2009 at 09:46 GMT
good quiz, hoped i knew more. I'd also like to know what the bonus answers are. I only got 1 and 5...
Oct 3rd, 2009 at 19:37 GMT
infinity 4 bonus
Oct 3rd, 2009 at 20:59 GMT
lol, if you can find the symbol to add as the last answer, i'll put it in.
Oct 4th, 2009 at 01:59 GMT
umpteen for a bonus
Oct 4th, 2009 at 11:31 GMT
Oct 4th, 2009 at 13:44 GMT
i thought for sure infinity would be a bonus
Oct 4th, 2009 at 15:14 GMT
I've not been able to find an infinity symbol that works once the quiz is saved. if you can find one, i'll add it.
Oct 4th, 2009 at 15:37 GMT
how come it accepts 'one million' and 'one billion', but not 'one trillion'?
Oct 4th, 2009 at 17:39 GMT
@hairpile: ∞? Does that work for infinity? It worked on the quiz I tried it on. Got it from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity
Oct 4th, 2009 at 18:54 GMT
Good shout, works a treat. Thanks.
Oct 6th, 2009 at 20:37 GMT
@djb: Ahh, but kilograham is funnier.
Oct 9th, 2009 at 00:30 GMT
Oh I am so disappointed in myself for writing
Oct 11th, 2009 at 23:43 GMT
If it's not an issue...I'd like to also include mole. 6.02 x 10^23. Thanks. :)
Oct 12th, 2009 at 09:34 GMT
Mole is a good one. This quiz is going to get seriously geeky soon!
Oct 12th, 2009 at 15:29 GMT
6.02x10^23 is called Avogadro's number, which is the number of molecules in a mole. Please could you allow this as a response as I was trying all kinds of spellings thinking I'd got it wrong!
Oct 13th, 2009 at 23:03 GMT
I guessed every permutation of "Avogadro's number" (Avagadro's, Avogodro's, etc.) before getting frustrated and just trying mole... which worked, annoyingly enough.
Oct 14th, 2009 at 00:31 GMT
Sorry about that, i'd copied and pasted it in as an answer. Mistakenly pressed CTRL-C twice so the only way you'd have got it is by typing "avogadroavogadro". Pretty embarrassing mistake really, sorry.
Oct 14th, 2009 at 14:26 GMT
IMHO, infinity should be left as a bonus answer as it technically is not a number, but rather an abstract concept realizing the unboundedness of certain functions, series, sums, etc.
Oct 15th, 2009 at 18:58 GMT
I'm disappointed that "mole" is the least gotten number here. When I thought of the name of this quiz, that was the first number that came to mind.
Oct 15th, 2009 at 21:11 GMT
strictly speaking in ENGLISH numbers, 1,000,000,000 is a thousand million and 1,000,000,000,000 is a billion (i.e a million million)
Oct 16th, 2009 at 15:08 GMT
AlexJD, that's not strictly speaking at all. The conventions aren't English/British or American, they're long or short scales and the arguments for either scale both have a fair amount of logic behing them. However, as the British government decided in the 70s that they would switch from the long scale (million - thousand million - billion - thousand billion) to the short scale (million - billion - trillion), I feel it's acceptable to refer to these numbers as 'English' in both linguistic and numeric terms. @Inyro; don't despair. I only added mole a few days ago which means the first 500/600 to take the quiz didn't have it listed as an answer.
Oct 17th, 2009 at 21:21 GMT
I agree with sphenderson2008 about infinity being more of a concept than a number, the same with zero. This similarly applies to everyone who put in their opinion about Avogadro's number so far, since Avogadro's number is 6.02x10^23 and a mole is what it is used to calculate. Having 6.02x10^23 listed as "mole" would be like have ~9.81 listed as "gravity".
Oct 22nd, 2009 at 13:09 GMT
infinity is a number if your definition of "number" is satisfied by infinity. Same with zero. If you complain, pony up a definition of "number" that specifically excludes those, otherwise you have no argument. Infinity definitely is a number in areas of maths such as projective geometry. Elsewhere, it might not be considered a number. Zero is a number if you accept that "two numbers added always produce another number" -- 1 + -1 = 0.
Oct 27th, 2009 at 16:06 GMT
Why are 1-10 in a quiz of 'Large Numbers'? Also, 'Mole' isn't a number: it's an amount of substance that contains a fixed number of molecules. Likewise, a kilogram of pure water contains a fixed number of molecules but that doesn't mean that `kilogram of pure water' is a number.
Oct 28th, 2009 at 01:51 GMT
The number names in this quiz only cover American English. In countries that use the long scale (e.g. UK), milliard, billiard, trilliard, etc. would be on the list. It would also be cool to see numbers like myriad.
Oct 28th, 2009 at 01:59 GMT
@thisisaname: The UK hasn't used the long scale for forty years! I'm not sure that anyone uses it any more.
Oct 28th, 2009 at 20:15 GMT
thisisaname, that question was answered 5/6 posts above yours.
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