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    bits of information needed

    Your machine produces a table that lists, for each atom in Andrew’s body, the atomic number of that atom (a number from 1 to 92), and the (x, y, z) coordinates of that atom. This table would describe the location and type of every atom in your body:
    How many bits of information are contained in this entire table? For comparison, all of the information stored on all computers in the world is on the order of 10^22 bits.

    So I calculated earlier that it takes 110 bits to describe the point of a single atom, and that there are 7.73 x 10^27 atoms in a human body.

    Any idea how to do this?

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by amma0913 View Post
    Your machine produces a table that lists, for each atom in Andrew’s body, the atomic number of that atom (a number from 1 to 92), and the (x, y, z) coordinates of that atom. This table would describe the location and type of every atom in your body:
    How many bits of information are contained in this entire table? For comparison, all of the information stored on all computers in the world is on the order of 10^22 bits.

    So I calculated earlier that it takes 110 bits to describe the point of a single atom, and that there are 7.73 x 10^27 atoms in a human body.

    Any idea how to do this?

    Thanks
    If it takes 110 bits to specify the position of a single atom, you will need another 7 bits to specify the type of atom, then multiply the total by the number of atoms.

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