Obama Budget Word Problem

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    A fully laden tractor-trailer can legally carry 46,000 pounds of freight on US highways...that is 23 tons.

    One million dollars in US one dollar bills weighs 1.1 tons.

    So one truck can carry 21 million dollars (yes, it's actually 20.9090909 repeating but 21 is close enough).

    The question is, how many fully laden tractor-trailers will it take to transport 3.6 trillion dollars?

    Hint:

    One billion = 1000 million

    One trillion = 1000 billion
     
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    hmmm.. I'm not sure exactly how many zeros I'm dealing with but I THINK 171,429.
     
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    Story from the Wiermar Republic of the United States of our probable future

    So did you hear about the teamster who was hauling 1.1 tons of dollar bills who stopped to get a cup of coffee?

    When he got back outside, somebody had stolen his truck... but they dumped the dollars in the parking lot, first.
     
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    That's what I got too.

    171,429 fully loaded tractor-trailers.

    It boggles the mind.
     
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    =(3.6 trillion dollars) * (1.1 tons/million dollars)/(23 tons/tractor)
    =(3.6e12)*(1.1/1e6)/23
    =172,174 tractors
     
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    Now we see why you're a scientist and I'm a truck driver. :lol:


    I defer to your answer and see if I can do better this time.

    At 75 feet per tractor-trailer with 10 feet between them...62 trucks per mile...that would be a convoy 2777 miles long...farther than the distance from San Diego, CA to Charleston, NC.
     
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    The original intent of this thread was to point out the staggering amount of money 3.6.trillion actually is but I am curious where my calculation jumped the track so I don't make the mistake again.

    I divided 1000 by 21 to get the number of trucks in a billion = 47.619047

    I multiplied that times 1000 to get the number of trucks per trillion = 47,619.47

    Then I multiplied that result times 3.6 = 171,428.56

    Round up to 171,429

    Where did I go wrong?

    EDIT - Formula (1000M/21M)*1000*3.6
     
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    when you guys get that convoy going be sure and stop by my house for coffee, I have people that will keep an eye on your truck........
     
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    9 billion dollars in paper money (would guess 100s) stacked on pallets dissapeared in Iraq when Bremer was in charge.

    How many pallets would that be? If it was 20s, multiply by 5.
     
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    I see you're still livin' in the past Ray.

    There isn't enough info to answer your question as I don't know how many bills fit on a pallet.

    But I can tell you if we had that 9 billion, we would only need 3,591 billion more to meet President Obama's budget.
     
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