Alan Scarhill asked:
How high would a pile containing a trillion dollar bills be?
Dave - We were looking it up – they were about 1/10th of a millimetre high. That would come to 100,000km high or a third of the way to the moon.
Allan Scahill asked the Naked Scientists: You hear a lot about the U.S. stimulus package and that it's a HUGE amount (nearly a trillion US$). What I want to know is: If you have piles of either $1.00, $100.00 or $1000.00 dollar bills, what would this amount look like? Would it fill a football field or several of them? Thanks Allan Scahill What do you think? Allan Scahill, Thu, 19th Feb 2009
If you would be so kind as to supply me with 1 trillion dollar bills, I will be happy to find an answer for you.
So, in short-scale countries (most English speaking ones) a trillion is a million million. Say that a bill is one millimetre thick (give or take), that means 1 million per kilometre. Therefore your stack of dollar bills would be 1 million km high, or about 3 times the distance to the moon from earth. dentstudent, Thu, 19th Feb 2009
Oh BTW, please make it US $, and no notes of a dubious nature. I don't want the filth breathing down my neck when I do a runner with arms full of dosh! Don_1, Thu, 19th Feb 2009
A US dollar bill is 15.5956cm x 6.6294cm x 0.010922cm
Given that there would be some air between each bill, I would think a stack of 1000 $ bills would be around 30cms high.
Wouldn't gravity, weight, and compression of the dollar bills eliminate the air in between the bills?
Good point Karen, lend me a grand and I'll put this to the test!
I'm offering the same empirical study as Don1 but please remit a cheque instead. neilep, Mon, 9th Nov 2009