- Aug 26, 2003Say - just hot off Doug Crispen's newsletter, Tourbus, I've learned that

Google now has a nifty computing and converting tool. Details below - it

will help me immensely when I need to convert fahrenheit to celsius (or vice

versa). Bet you have miles/kilometre needs....

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TOURBUS Volume 9, Number 6 -- 26 Aug 2003

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Today's Tourbus Stop(s):

Google Calculator / Understanding University Success

Howdy, y'all, and greetings once again from deep behind the orange

curtain in beautiful Irvine, California, an event that occurs when a

program or process tries to store more data in a buffer than it was

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Google Calculator

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Our first stop is kind of "geeky." Well, no ... to tell the truth it

is *REALLY* geeky. Really *REALLY* geeky. But it is a cool kind of

geeky.

Google now has a built-in calculator! No, really! Go to Google.com

and instead of keying in a word or search phrase, key in a math

problem like

2 + 2

or

72 / 3

and Google will automatically show you the answer! That in an of

itself is cool (and geeky), but Google's calculator will also solve

simple, non-variable algebra and trigonometry problems like

4^2 + 7

and

cosine(75 degrees)

That little pointy thingy -- the ^ -- is called a carat, and it is

used in ASCII to signify exponents. So 4^2 is actually four squared.

And, if that isn't geeky enough for you, Google's calculator also has

a built-in unit converter. For example, try keying in

0b1111 in hex

or

100 feet in astronomical units

Neat, huh? According to Google,

The calculator can evaluate mathematical expressions involving

basic arithmetic (5+2*2 or 2^20), more complicated math (sine(30

degrees) or e^(i pi)+1), units of measure and conversions (100

miles in kilometers or 160 pounds * 4000 feet in Calories), and

physical constants (1 a.u./c or G*mass of earth/radius of

earth^2). You can also experiment with other numbering systems,

including hexadecimal and binary.

To prove once and for all that your fearless bus driver has no social

life and entirely too much free time, here are just a few of my

favorite Google calculator searches:

speed of light in knots

5 smoot - 2 angstroms

1.21 GW / 88 MPH

Answer to life the universe and everything

[Special bonus points go to those of you who caught the Back to the

Future and Hitchhiker's Guide references.]

The folks at Waxy.org win for best search, though, for using Google's

calculator to find the answer to

life, the universe and everything multiplied by the speed of light

divided by three teaspoons

[I *TOLD* you this was geeky!]

For a pretty good list of every math function and unit of measure that

Google's calculator supports, check out

http://dustgun.homeip.net/weird_stuff/google_convert.txt

Finally, for those of you who are Grandpa Simpson fans, I am sorry to

report that Google's calculator doesn't yet convert rods to hogsheads

... but I'm sure the math geeks at Google are frantically working on

fixing that oversight. :P

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