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(OT) Understanding million, billion, trillion.....

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Posted by sno on February 1, 2010, 7:45 pm
 
Most people know how long a second is....

1 million seconds = aprox. 11 days

1 billion seconds = aprox. 33 years

1 trillion seconds = aprox. 33,000 years

The human race has been around for aprox. 6 trillion seconds..

The amount of money it is guestimated the government owes is aprox. 12
trillion dollars.

Twice as long as the human race has been around...

hope helps....have fun....sno

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Correct Scientific Terminology:
Hypothesis - a guess as to why or how something occurs
Theory - a hypothesis that has been checked by enough experiments
  to be generally assumed to be true.
Law - a hypothesis that has been checked by enough experiments
  in enough different ways that it is assumed to be truer then a theory.
Note: nothing is proven in science, things are assumed to be true.

--
Correct Scientific Terminology:
Hypothesis - a guess as to why or how something occurs
Theory - a hypothesis that has been checked by enough experiments
  to be generally assumed to be true.
Law - a hypothesis that has been checked by enough experiments
  in enough different ways that it is assumed to be truer then a theory.
Note: nothing is proven in science, things are assumed to be true.


Posted by dow on February 2, 2010, 4:02 pm
 


I disagree about Law. A theory is a well-established description of
some aspect of the world, such as the theory that ordinary matter
consists of atoms. A law is a well-established mathematical
relationship among quantities, such as Newton's law of gravitation, or
Kepler's laws of planetary motion.

                       dow

Posted by sno on February 2, 2010, 4:28 pm
 On 2/2/2010 11:02 AM, dow wrote:

I was trying to make it as simple as possible in order to fit it into my
sig...and also make it understandable to those who have no scientific
training....or idea of the scientific method...

If you have anything better would appreciate your suggestions....

thank you for your comment....have fun...sno

--
Correct Scientific Terminology:
Hypothesis - a guess as to why or how something occurs
Theory - a hypothesis that has been checked by enough experiments
  to be generally assumed to be true.
Law - a hypothesis that has been checked by enough experiments
  in enough different ways that it is assumed to be truer then a theory.
Note: nothing is proven in science, things are assumed to be true.


Posted by dow on February 7, 2010, 3:57 pm
 

The theory that ordinary matter consists of atoms has been verified
beyond any reasonable doubt, yet it remains a theory, not a law. No
amount of further verification will ever make it a law because it is
not the kind of statement that the word "law" describes, in science. A
law is a special kind of theory, one which consists of a mathematical
relationship. Newton's Law of Gravitation can be written as a
mathematical equation: F=GMm/R^2. Snell's Law of Refraction is another
equation: sin(i)/sin(r)=u2/u1, and so on. The mathematical nature of
these statements, NOT their degrees of verification, makes them laws.

Simplicity is admirable, but correctness is more important.

                       dow

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