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Exponential Currency Denominations

For payment at a "sliding scale drinks" bar
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See the previous (sliding scale drinks) idea...

If our currency was printed in exponential denominations (\$2, \$4,...\$1024, \$2048, etc.) it'd be real easy to pay for your sixth, seventh drinks even if you were smashed. Tipping 10% might get a bit complicated, but I know I'm not throwing in an extra \$102.40 on a \$1024 drink!

 — Navy_Guns, Jun 21 2005

Sliding Scale Drinks [Worldgineer, Jun 21 2005]

Two problems with this:
(1) Happy hour -- So much cash, so little time. and
(2) Promotions -- like in, "with every drink ordered you'll receive a ... " Damn! How happy can I be?
 — reensure, Jun 21 2005

So what is \$1, \$10, \$100? Perhaps you mean *binary exponential*?
 — ldischler, Jun 21 2005

But currency at the moment comes as 1: 2:5:10:20:50:100....etc (from 1p up to £50, or maybe beyond). (Actually yhis may not be true for US currency - is it?). <> This is not quite optimal, but is close to optimal and more convenient, and you need fewer different types of coin.
 — Basepair, Jun 21 2005

The US has the same paper sequence: 1 2 5 10 20 50 100, but the 2 is hard to find. Anyway, there's already an exponential in there: 1 10 100.
 — ldischler, Jun 21 2005

 1:10:100... that would be "base ten" numbers. We live in a "base ten" world most likely because we have ten fingers (gents could have imposed a "base eleven" system but that wouldn't be fair). You can't raise one to any exponent to get ten. Binary is based on two to the N power (like my sexual stalling tactics, ahem!) where the maximum number of different values expressed would be two to the N power where N is the number of bits to store the value.

Okay - good for sliding scale drinks, screwing, and not much else.
 — Navy_Guns, Jun 21 2005

//You can't raise one to any exponent to get ten.//
[NG] You need a modicum of math here: 1 10 100 is 10 to the 0 1 2 power, just as 1 2 4 is 2 to the 0 1 2 power. Same thing—both are exponential.
 — ldischler, Jun 21 2005

Quite true. I suppose that's why it's called "base ten". Perhaps I should cut back on the glue-sniffing...
 — Navy_Guns, Jun 21 2005

 Known   Desired ------- :: ------- H : V      D : X Glue !? I LOVE glue. (Multiply means (V & D) and extremes (H & X). Solve for x

Oh, three problems (3) How to keep up with bets over the next round?
 — reensure, Jun 21 2005

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