Oops... Peta is 10 Raised to the 15th Power

MAT102 take-home test #1 for the Spring 2007 semester "informed" test takers that peta- implied 10^16. Later, the following question was asked.

   No or Yes:  "peta" is 10^(4^2)

The information given was mis-information because The peta- prefix denotes 10^15. Using the given mis-information, the answer to the test question is "Yes."

   4^2 = 4 * 4 = 16; therefore, 10^(4^2) = 10^16

   re-written without using calculator notation...

   42 = 4 * 4 = 16; therefore, 10(42) = 1016
Exercises
  1. No or Yes: 10^16 = 10(10^15)

  2. No or Yes: 10^16 = 10^((4^2)-1)

  3. No or Yes: 5 petabytes = 5 quadrillion bytes.


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 07 February 2007

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