How Big or Small?

May 25, 2016 | Fountain Valley

Parents, here’s a fun discussion point you can cover when mathing with your kids! Have you ever wondered how many grains of sand there are on the beach? If you tried to count them, would it be possible to ever get to the end? At the beach, we see so many little grains of sand that the quantity (“how many”) may seem infinite (goes on and on without ending).

The truth is, at any given instant in time, there’s a finite (with an end) number of grains of sand on the beach. So yes, though it may take a long, long, long time, it is theoretically possible to count all the grains of sand on a beach. It also goes without saying that this number would be very, very large!

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