# million, billion, trillion... then what?

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#### qfrontier

##### Captain Of Starship
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million,billion,trillion...then what?

What comes after trillion? Then after that...?

Well, if you wish to use the proper terms, you must inlcude:
- million = one thousand times one thousand.
- milliard = one thousand times one million.
- billion = one million times one million.

However, since US terms have flooded the globe in the last 50 years or so, everyone instead uses "billion" now in place of "milliard".

million = 10<sup>6</sup>
billion = 10<sup>9</sup>
trillion = 10<sup>12</sup>
quintillion = 10<sup>18</sup>
hexillion = 10<sup>21</sup>
heptillion = 10<sup>24</sup>
octillion = 10<sup>27</sup>
nonillion = 10<sup>30</sup>
decillion = 10<sup>33</sup>
unodecillion = 10<sup>36</sup>
duodecillion = 10<sup>39</sup>
etc.

Originally posted by James R
million = 10<sup>6</sup>
billion = 10<sup>9</sup>
trillion = 10<sup>12</sup>
quintillion = 10<sup>18</sup>
hexillion = 10<sup>21</sup>
heptillion = 10<sup>24</sup>
octillion = 10<sup>27</sup>
nonillion = 10<sup>30</sup>
decillion = 10<sup>33</sup>
unodecillion = 10<sup>36</sup>
duodecillion = 10<sup>39</sup>
etc.

Just as a curiosity in response to OD's post;

In Swedish, "Miljard" (milliard) comes after "Miljon" (million).

Here's a site that shows you numbers in pennies. Each link 1-18 shows you what a certain amount of pennies looks like, increasing in numbers as you go up. And also has links to some other sites.

http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/nineteen.asp

Someone bothered to figure out what a billion pennies look like?

one
deci/deca
centi/hecta
milli/kilo
??

one
deci/deca
centi/hecta
milli/kilo
??

micro/mega
nano/giga
pico/tera
femto/peta
atto/exa
zepto/zetta
yocto/yotta

Any questions?

Actually, I've often wondered how the various prefixes came about, and why some appear to match up nicely (e.g. yocto/yotta) while others seem totally mismatched (e.g. atto/exa). Leave it to the Europeans to come up with some hair-raising name scheme.

I think they're Latin, but thanks!

Dood!

If you were to encode the English alphabetjust by substituting each letter with another, there would be seventeen septillian different possible combinations. Pretty crazy!

Actually one Billion is a disputed sum.

It seems most of the world has one Billion as:

1,000,000,000,000

But I think (correct me If I'm wrong) America has it down as:

1,000,000,000

Thats why when I saw \$50 Billion worth of bonds it wasn't worth any more than £35 Thousand Million's (which is are also called Billion's)

So an English Billionaire is actually richer than his American counterpart even if they have the same number of differnt billions.

I think you're correct

1-one
1,000-one thousand
1,000,000-one million
1,000,000,000-one billion

does this mean that "trillion" doesn't actually exist?

At billion, it starts up a prefix thing.
1,000,000,000-billion
1,000,000,000,000-trillion
1,000,000,000,000,000,000-quintillion

and it goes from there most of the way.

a google, 1 times 10 to the 100th, was named by a mathmatician's three(or somewhere around there)-year-old, when asked about "what to call a 1 with 100 zeroes behind it.