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Whos good at Math here; a puzzle

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#1 Pestyone


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 04:17 AM

Ok always wonder about this so here goes; not sure where to post so starting here. 


I have normal printing paper; 11x8.5  with 3/4 of inch margin on all four sides with normal size style and letter size  print filling the entire page .


Always wanted to know how many pages does it take to fill one  MB's ? 


Might it be 80 = 1 Mb  or  100 = 1 mb how does one think about that; then do the math to get an answer ?



Any math geek s out their up to solving this puzzle rattling about in my head ?


Thanks a bunch

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:50 AM

Hi Pestyone,


The important things here are how many characters per line you're getting and how many lines you have.


You cannot get an exact answer to this question because a page full of lower-case 'I's is going to represent more characters than a page full of capital 'W's.  So at best your answer is only ever going to be approximate.


A quick Google search for "Characters per page" turned up this result:



According to that article:

at 10 points pitch you'll get 4972 characters per page (including spaces)

at 12 points pitch you'll get 3838 characters per page (including spaces)


Sooooooooo .... to fill 1MB ....

1 megabyte = 1024 kilobytes = 1048576 bytes, or the same number of characters (assuming one byte per character which may not be the case as they could be wide characters or Unicode characters).


Therefore, assuming 1 character is 1 byte we have 


10 point: 1048576 / 4972 = 210.9 pages, call that 211 pages

12 point: 1048576 / 3838 = 273.21 pages, call that 274 pages


It's not an exact science, but if that article is about right then that's what you can look for.


Bear in mind though that word processor documents will contain other information - metadata - about your document, so you can easily have a 1MB document but not have as many printable characters on it.

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#3 Pestyone

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:26 AM

Hum not to sure about math just doesn t seem right if I had an e book say that has 3/4 of an inch margin on the 4 sides and the specs said it was 12 or 14 point most likely I don t think that means its 633 (?) pages long; think something got missed in the

math .


Need my calculator and an e book with specs and see how it plays out I guess but at least its an idea and a starting point. 


Guess i'll wait a bit for more comments  -  later  thanks

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:35 AM

Somebody has already tested their own theory on this:

How many pages of text will one megabyte hold?

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 10:50 AM

Hum that still doesn t sound right "  250 pages = 1 M B  "  guess i'll have to keep that in mind as I get free e books that hand standard letter sizes; 12 or 14 point and 3/4 inch margins on all the sides that won t be to hard .


But really 250 pages  ish  ?  ?  

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