Yotta is the largest decimal unit prefix in the metric system, denoting a factor of 1024 (1000000000000000000000000), or one septillion. It has the symbol Y. The prefix name is derived from the Ancient Greek ὀκτώ (oktṓ), meaning eight, because it is equal to 10008. It was added as an SI prefix to the International System of Units (SI) in 1991.[1]

Usage examplesEdit

  • The mass of the Earth is 5972.6 Yg (yottagrams).[2]
  • The mass of the oceans is about 1.4 Yg.[3]
  • The total power output of the Sun is approximately 385 YW (yottawatts).[4]
  • The observable universe is estimated to be 880 Ym (yottametres) in diameter.[5]
  • One yottabyte (YB) is a unit of digital information or information storage capacity for one septillion bytes or 1000 zettabytes. The yobibyte (YiB) is a related unit that uses a binary prefix and means 10248 bytes, which is approximately 1.2 septillion bytes.
Prefix Base 10 Decimal English word Adoption[nb 1]
Name Symbol Short scale Long scale
yotta Y  1024 1000000000000000000000000  septillion  quadrillion 1991
zetta Z  1021 1000000000000000000000  sextillion  trilliard 1991
exa E  1018 1000000000000000000  quintillion  trillion 1975
peta P  1015 1000000000000000  quadrillion  billiard 1975
tera T  1012 1000000000000  trillion  billion 1960
giga G  109 1000000000  billion  milliard 1960
mega M  106 1000000  million 1873
kilo k  103 1000  thousand 1795
hecto h  102 100  hundred 1795
deca da  101 10  ten 1795
 100 1  one
deci d  10−1 0.1  tenth 1795
centi c  10−2 0.01  hundredth 1795
milli m  10−3 0.001  thousandth 1795
micro μ  10−6 0.000001  millionth 1873
nano n  10−9 0.000000001  billionth  milliardth 1960
pico p  10−12 0.000000000001  trillionth  billionth 1960
femto f  10−15 0.000000000000001  quadrillionth  billiardth 1964
atto a  10−18 0.000000000000000001  quintillionth  trillionth 1964
zepto z  10−21 0.000000000000000000001  sextillionth  trilliardth 1991
yocto y  10−24  0.000000000000000000000001  septillionth  quadrillionth 1991
  1. ^ Prefixes adopted before 1960 already existed before SI. The introduction of the CGS system was in 1873.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Resolution 4 of the 19th CGPM (Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesures)". BIPM (Bureau International des Poids et Mesures).
  2. ^ Williams, David R. "Earth fact sheet". Earth fact sheet. NASA. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. ^ Kennish, Michael J. (2001). Practical handbook of marine science. Marine science series (3rd ed.). CRC Press. p. 35. ISBN 0-8493-2391-6.
  4. ^ "WolframAlpha: the Sun's total power output in yottawatts".
  5. ^ "WolframAlpha: size of universe in yottameters".

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