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    Default How to read this calculation?

    6.24 X 1018

    I would like to know how to read above calculation.

    Actually, it is not 1018. 18 should be typed in much smaller charactre but I

    can't type it. Do you understand what I am saying?

    Plz help me.

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    Default Re: How to read this calculation?

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    6.24 X 1018
    I would like to know how to read above calculation.
    Actually, it is not 1018. 18 should be typed in much smaller charactre but I
    can't type it. Do you understand what I am saying?
    Plz help me.
    Six point two four times [or "by" or "multiplied by"] ten to the 18 [or "to the power of 18" or "to the 18th power" or "to the 18th"]. Note that 'to the power of 2" is 'squared', and "to the power of 3" is 'cubed'.

    Athletics commentators are tending more and more to say "point twenty four", but this is mathematically confusing (at least, it is over here - where we have maths rather than math .)

    In algebra, when there is an expression in brackets, it's common to say into rather than by: a(a + b) is "a into a plus b".

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    Last edited by BobK; 30-Oct-2006 at 11:07. Reason: Clarified first sentence and added second

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    Default Re: How to read this calculation?

    Thank you for your detailed explanation.

    It was very helpful!

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    Default Re: How to read this calculation?

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    Actually, it is not 1018. 18 should be typed in much smaller charactre but I
    can't type it. Do you understand what I am saying?
    In forums like this, you can use the ^ character, called a "caret": 10^18.

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    Default Re: How to read this calculation?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    (at least, it is over here - where we have maths rather than math .)
    Is there a difference between math and maths ?

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    Default Re: How to read this calculation?

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Is there a difference between math and maths ?
    Only that maths is BrE, AusE, and math is AmE as an abbreviation for mathematics.
    Otherwise, it's just as hard.

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    Default Re: How to read this calculation?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Only that maths is BrE, AusE, and math is AmE as an abbreviation for mathematics.
    Thanks Raymott. I had already heard that difference, I think here at UsingEnglish. But unfortunatelly I had completelly forgotten it. So much information at the same time, it is really hard to learn a foreign language, if you learn and don't keep practising you forget.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Otherwise, it's just as hard.
    I guess here you mean otherwise it's just as fascinating and marvelous.

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    Default Re: How to read this calculation?

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    I guess here you mean otherwise it's just as fascinating and marvelous.
    Er ... yes of course I meant that. As long as we are talking about Discrete Maths and Linear Algebra, but not Calculus.

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