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If the U.S. population is 305.5 Million and each person was to receive an equal portion...
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US population is 305,500,000. Money is 319,000,000,000. When numbers get this big it's helpful to use scientific notation, so population is 3.055 * 10^8, and money is 3.19 * 10^11. Then we can forget about exponents for the moment, and
1) 3.19 / 3.055 = 1.044
To divide exponents, just subtract, so
2) 10^11 - 10^8 = 10^3
So each person would get 1.044 * 10^3 dollars, or $1044.
Posted by enotechris on January 29, 2009 at 8:13 AM (Answer #1)
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