powers of numbers


1^ 1 = 10*

1^ 2 = 100

1^ 3 = 100

1^ 4 = 1000

and so on

so, to power a number means increasing the number after the number 1 ten times

this way of powering a number is called standard form

1^ 1 can be spoken as

"one raised to the first power"

or as

"one raised to the first"

or as

"one to the first"

use whichever way of saying it, and writing it, is easiest for you

this is an attempt to simplify the counting system

this is how ridiculously complicated a simple thing like counting has become

whether it catches or not depends on whether people like yourself use it or not

when the need to be more exact crops up, as with the population of the world, which is around the seven thousand million number, we say "the population of the world is 7^ 9 this year and next year it is predicted there will  be another hundred million new people in the world which will take the population up to 7.1^ 9" which is currently spoken as "seven thousand one hundred million"

with this way of thinking about numbers it becomes "next year the population will be about seven point one to the nineth"

like a lot of new ways of doing things, it takes fresh thinking to start with but once you get the hang of it it will become straightforward enough

*it is understood that this way of powering numbers is not the formal way of powering numbers

this was the way the writer learnt to use powers of numbers

this way of powering numbers will enable you to familiarise yourself with ultra-large and ultra-small values and will put things into perspective

for instance, there are "only" 1 ^22 stars in the universe, but did you know there are 1 ^31 viruses in the sea?