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    reading numerical formula

    Could you help me read below numerical formula?


    a few angstroms (Å; 1Å=10-8 cm, one hundred millionth of a centimeter)

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    Re: reading numerical formula

    That looks like Avogadro's constant, or less formally and very often, "Avogadro's Number", with the exponent written without a superscript.

    Six point zero two three times ten to the twenty-third.

    A few ang-stroms [':ŋgstrəms] or (pseudo-Norwegian) ong-stroms ['ɔ:ŋgstrəms]. In general it's better to pronounce foreign words as naturally as possible in English. That way, neither the English nor, more importantly, the non-English pronunciation is mocked with a ridiculous parody.

    PS. If by 1023 you actually mean 1022+1, then it's like this:

    Six point zero two three {times|multiplied by} one thousand and twenty-three.

    Instead of saying "point" you can say "decimal" but in N. American English it can sound a little too precise.
    Last edited by abaka; 12-Feb-2009 at 20:02. Reason: added ps

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    Smile Re: reading numerical formula

    Hi Hazar,

    have a look at this

    Here's a multiplication (146 x 281) together with all its steps, in words that a Brit might have used as he/she was working it out on paper before the days of pocket calculators.


    A hundred and forty-six times two hundred and eighty-one.

    beginning: Put down two noughts. Two sixes are twelve; put down two and carry one; two fours are eight and one are nine; two ones are two.

    next line: Put down one nought. Eight sixes are forty-eight; put down eight and carry four; eight fours are thirty-two and four is thirty-six; put down six and carry three; eight ones are eight and three is eleven.

    next line: One times 146 is 146.

    addition: Six and nought are nought is six; eight and four and nought is twelve; put down two and carry one; six and two are eight and one is nine and one is ten; put down nought and carry one; none and one are ten and one is eleven; put down one and carry one; two and one are three and one are four.

    total: forty-one thousand and twenty-six
    and this thread:

    Reading an equation!

    Last edited by Offroad; 12-Feb-2009 at 19:17.

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