Have you ever tried the Google Calculator? I mean really put it to the test? Did you even know it existed?

Some have knocked it, but I think this thing is pretty versatile and will certainly do in a pinch. And it’s just fun. It can do math on just about any unit of measurement you can imagine, even several you’ve probably never heard of like cubits, furlongs, G, candelas, barye, pennyweights, moles, and hogsheads.

You can mix and match units as long as they are of the same type, such as adding feet to centimeters and multiplying by light years and dividing by mils. And you can get your answer in parsecs if you so desire.

It also converts currency, temperatures and whatever else you want, like BTUs to calories. It can convert Roman numerals to decimal or binary or octal or hexadecimal. It understands many constants like c, e, i, Boltzmann’s constant, pi, AU, etc. You can use numbers or spell out the number. You can use mathematical operators or spell them out. You can tell it what you want (Avogadro’s number in moles) or ask it for what you want (how many moles in Avogadro’s number?).

It can convert more than one thing at a time. For example, you’re from the USA but driving around in Canada and need gas. The current price at the nearest gas station is $1.06 Canadian per litre. Is that good or bad? What the heck does that mean in US dollars per gallon? Just enter “1.06 CAD per litre in USD per gallon” without the quotes to see your answer.

It even understands *once in a blue moon* as a unit of frequency and it knows what a baker’s dozen is. Last time I checked though, it didn’t know what the loneliest number was.

To use the Google calculator, just enter what you want in the search field at google.com. I’m embarrassed to admit, when I first saw this, I stayed up till 3:00am playing with it just to see what it understood. It was fun. Oh, if you need the definition of a word, just enter the word ‘define’ followed by the word and hit enter.

To try it out, just cut and paste some of these into the Google calculator. If you discover things not listed below, please post a comment and I’ll add it to the list.

Cheers,

Maggie

(thirteen inches + (12 meters * 4 hands) / 2 rods) + .63 nautical miles + four cubits, in yards

23.5 EUR in USD

4356 NOK + 803 GBP – 671 AUD in CAD

23.45 British Pounds in Norwegian money

feet in a meter

how many acres in 3 hectares

speed of light / radius of the earth

speed of light in nanometers / fortnight

c in feet per second

83!

how many furlongs in an astronomical unit?

0x23 + 0b00011010 in roman numerals

three quarter cups, in tablespoons

nine squared

89 mod 7.3

how many horsepower in 310 KW

310 KW in metric horsepower

310 KW in british horsepower

4 horsepower in metric horsepower

8 btu in calories

8 btu in joules

4 joules per cubic meter in BTU per cubic foot

the cube root of 45

how many US teaspoons in 10 UK fluid ounces

14 candela per square meter in footcandle

14 lumen per square foot in candela per square inch

pi*(60^2)

cosine(pi/6)

log(16)

cosh(6)

e

G

c

i/2

145 volt + 1 megavolt in gigavolts

how many dynes per 4.34 newtons

4 pound force + 63 dyne in kilogram force

34 pound per horsepower hour

the 10th root of 1024

the 10th root of 1024 in binary

how many bushels in a peck

43.67 amperes in biots

38 degrees Celsius in fahrenheit

38 fahrenheit to rankine

38 degrees rankine -> kelvin

4 joules per kelvin in BTU per degree rankine

4 watts per square meter kelvin in kilowatts per square foot rankine

1.15 CAD per litre in USD per gallon

3.23 hogsheads, in quarts

How many arcminutes are in 5 radians + 6 degrees – four ninths arcseconds?

345 electron volts in watt hours

36 foot pounds in horsepower hours

30 pounds per square foot in tons per square foot

43 pounds per square inch in barye

8754 barye in pascals

23 bars in atmospheres

30 kilowatts in BTU per hour

8567.3421 coulomb in faraday

283000 kilobytes in bytes

how many bytes in a gigabyte

how many bits in a megabyte

1 nybble in bits

1 barn in square femtometers

1 pound per square foot in millibars

160 pounds * 4000 feet in Calories

2 light years in miles

34762 picofarad in farad

5 choose 3

(G * mass of earth) / (radius of earth ^ 2)

how many quarts in 3.23 hogsheads?

drams in a pennyweight

how many mils to a parsec?

13.4 kiloparsecs + 2 AU in light hours

speed of sound at sea level in nautical miles per minute

What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

2+2

e^gamma

0xFFFF to decimal

mass of earth * (c^2)

1.7634 millennia, in femtoseconds

3 acre feet in liters

383 acre inches in hogsheads

the boltzmann constant

Stefan Boltzmann constant

the boltzmann constant * 2 fathoms

100 ohms * 3 amps

100 cubits times 1 quattuordecillionth

23 joules * 14.5 ergs

how many joules per 10 calories?

(four score and seven years multiplied by once in a blue moon) nautical miles per cubic foot in hectometers per cord

how many grains in 6.43 pennyweights?

20000 leagues in fathoms

9.8 feet per second per second in meters per second per second

golden ratio * radius of jupiter

moles in Avogadro’s number

the square root of the answer to life, the universe and everything over 2

40 rods / hogshead -> miles per gallon

1.5 score in roman

MMVI in arabic

how many electron volts in 43 joules?

Rydberg constant

3 mark twain in fathoms

mass of mars in atomic mass units

four sidereal days to hours

1 millenia in decades

how many decimeters in an angstrom?

83.56892 micrometers, in picometers

radius of the moon in microns

How many femtometers in a statute mile?

a bakers dozen attometers, in exameters

23 petameters + 45 terameters + 2 gigameters, in hectometers

how many british pints in a barrel?

how many centilitres in 50 cubic feet?

how many US fluid ounces in 1275 cubic inches?

1275 cubic inches, in British fluid ounces

8 long tons in short tons

12.457 gigajoules in btu

the permeability of free space

the magnetic constant

h

Mach 3.4 in feet per second

Rydberg constant / 5 score

8 gross * 23 drams, in ounces

21 troy ounces, in grains

3.4 light seconds, in miles

one and three sixteenths fluid ounces per nautical mile -> teaspoons per mil

how many furlongs in .786 light years?

pi*e pi e*pi e pi*e pi e*((twenty three stone knots and two billion smoot grains and three thousand eight hundred and seventy nine slug feet) pi per carat yards) per c*cubits per week plus a bakers dozen

1 astronomical unit / speed of light

1 AU/c

4.362 gallons in tierces

140 BTU in watt hours

3 atomic mass units = 4.98161659 × 10-27 kilograms

6 amu in metric carats

how many shots in a pint

4.83 spans in yards

it now knows the loneliest number.