Googleplex?? For Kindergartners??

Last school year, I got an email from a Kindergarten teacher that said:

“My kids are curious about, of all things, googleplex! Is it really a 1 with 100 zeroes?”

Here was my answer:

Googleplex is the headquarters of Google. 🙂

A googolplex is the number. It is built upon the concept that a googol is a 1 with 100 zeroes. A googlplex is a one with a googol zeroes after it! Here are a couple of links that might help, but it’s kind of tricky to me. Interestingly enough, while researching this for you, I found that Carl Sagan (the famous astronomer of Cosmos fame) said that it would be physically impossible to write out a googolplex in numbers because it would take up more space than the universe provides! How crazy is that!  Check out these links for more information…

What is a googol?

What is a googolplex?

Hope this helps!

Your resident math nerd,

Brenda 🙂

What is the most unusual math question you’ve gotten from a student?

About gpsmathcoach

I am an Elementary Math Coach for the Greenwich Public Schools in Greenwich, Connecticut. I serve 11 elementary schools and approximately 240 teachers.
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