Need help with simple math problem

1. Apr 29, 2004

Void

how many years would 1.7x10^30 equal? i don't understand how the exponents work when i put into my calculator.

2. Apr 29, 2004

PRodQuanta

1,700,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 years

3. Apr 29, 2004

arildno

A horrifying amount that don't bear thinking about, even if the time unit you omitted to mention was the microsecond.

4. Apr 29, 2004

Void

could you explain what you mean arildno? and thanks for the calculation rod.

5. Apr 29, 2004

arildno

It was a half-joke, but think about it.
Can we really comprehend the timespan implied?
If you look at it in number of years, then it's about 3 times the age of the universe!
That's one heck of a loooong time!

6. Apr 30, 2004

PRodQuanta

LOL!!!

Hey Void, I got some trivia for you.

According to quantum theory, specifically quantum tunneling, if you were to run into a wall once every second, it would take you roughly the age of the universe to pass through it. HEHE!

In your number of years that we calculated, you could have passed through the wall, passed back to get your wallet that you forgot, and then run back to the other side.