One billion in numerals is written as 1,000,000,000. To write one billion in numerals, you will need ten figures before the decimal point. For example, seven billion translates to 7,000,000,000.
In scientific notation, a billion is any number to the power of nine: 1 x 10^{9}
A billion is equivalent to a thousand million, which explains the need for nine zeros. The value of a billion was once a subject of debate among the English and the French. The English believed a billion to be any number to the power of 12, while the French thought the power of 12 too impractical and based the billion on the power of nine. The power of nine has since become the most accepted form of the billion.
One billion is easily written down as 1,000,000,000. That's quite a few zeroes, but there are bigger numbers out there. Thankfully I've never had to write a googol which has exactly
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1. Look at the example of the numbers one through five in Japanese. Notice that the first three numbers are easy to remember intuitively. See that one, "ichi" is formed
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