Useful Number Facts For Quick Check Calculations
When I'm doing my quick check calculations, I sometimes need some facts
which are not given with the numbers. I've collected some of the useful, but
not necessarily obvious, number facts which I use for my calculations. There
are lots more. If you know of others, write to
the Mathemagician to let me know.
- There are about 15 thousand possible three-letter combinations.
- The volume of a sphere is half the volume of the same size cube
- There are a million seconds in two weeks (1,209,600)
- There are 100,000 seconds in a day (actually 86,400)
- There are 1,000 hours in a month (720 or 744)
- There are 10,000 hours in a year (actually 8,760)
- There are 250 working days in a year.
- There are about 2000 working hours in a year.
- There are about 6 billion people in the world (or 5 billion, for the
purpose of easier calculation)
- People live to be about 100 years old (for easy calculation)
- The Earth is about 24 or 25 thousand miles around
- The radius of the Earth is about 6000 km
- The surface area of the Earth is about 400 trillion square metres
- The mass of the Earth is about 6 x 10^24 kg
- The mass of the sun is about one million earths
- It costs about $1000 a month to rent a billboard.
There is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.
- William Shakespeare, "The Merry Wives of Windsor"
Some guidelines for 'quick check' calculations.
Numbers in the real world.
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