Sunday – A fiendish challenge!

But first an interesting fact: Apparently if you took all of the electrons that are currently transferring data on the internet and put them together, they’d weigh the same as…

A medium (free-range) egg

A medium (free-range) egg

Which is amazing! But can you use that fact to calculate how many electrons are in the internet right now?

The best answer – with a full explanation of the working out and any assumptions used might just get a prize!

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2 Responses to “Sunday – A fiendish challenge!”

  1. Simon Says:

    A medium-sized egg (assuming that it’s in its shell) weighs about 45g. An electron weighs 9.1×10^-31kg.
    So, if you convert the egg to kg, you get 0.045 divided by 9.1×10^-31, which is 4.94505495×10^28 electrons in the internet right now (or 49,450,549,450,000,000,000,000,000,000 electrons).

  2. Thursday – We have a winner! « MrE Science Blog Says:

    […] to Simon who gave the best answer to the eggy challenge that was posed some time ago now: “A medium-sized egg (assuming that it’s in its shell) […]

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