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Definition 1: A googol is the number 10100, or a 1 followed by 100 zeroes.

Definition 2: A googolplex is the number 10googol, or a 1 followed by a googol zeroes.

Task 1: Suppose you were to count from 1, 2, 3, ... up to a googol, counting a number per second. How long would this take?

Task 2: Suppose you were to write down the number for googolplex (i.e. 1000000.....), requiring 1 inch for every 10 zeros. How long of a strip of paper would you need?

Search Out Some Trivia: How was the name googol given to 10100? It is an interesting story and gives all of us hope that a number might be named after us!