It’s Talking Math with Your Kids week here on OMT.
We’ll get started with a favorite topic: large numbers.
My son Griffin was thinking about large numbers in the car the other day. He was trying to figure out what good it is to have a number (here, googolplex, which for the record is ) that is larger than anything you can count.
Griffin: If you put all the things [in the world] together, would that make googolplex?
G: Even if it’s nanoinches?
Me: Nope. Still not googolplex.
G: Even if it’s half-nanoinches?
G: Even if it’s all of the seconds of the world being alive?
G: Even if all the seconds of the universe existing?
I love the developing proportional reasoning embedded in Griffin’s questions.
For each example, he scales it up when his first try doesn’t do it.
If nanoinches don’t work, surely half-nanoninches will! Plenty still to learn about orders of magnitude, I’m afraid.