Google is the world’s most popular search engine but did you know that it also works as an Online Calculator? Googling is now a regular activity for anyone who is searching for answers on the internet. When you are searching for items such as New York Attorney or New York Law Universities, you will get a result of the top 10 websites on the first page of Google. You can then browse through the list to check the webpage with the most relevant information.
However, if you are looking to find quick facts or answers about something, for example – country, city, geography, or famous person, Google will give you the result from its built-in functions. The result is displayed at the top before the search results.
Google Search can also help you with a wide range of calculations and conversions. Simply type the query or function in the search box and you will get the result.
Let’s look at some of the things that Google Calculator can work out for you:
- Distance between Two Geographical Locations
If you want to find out the distance between two cities or towns on the world map, for example New York to London, simply type the query “Distance New York to London” in the search box and you will get the answer below:
- Today’s Weather
You can find the weather in any city or town around the world using Google. As an example, to find the weather in Chicago, USA, type in the query “Weather Chicago”
- Foreign Currency Converter
The internet is flooded with online currency converters but the most handy currency converter that you can get hold of is the Google currency converter. You can convert any currencies at the current prevailing rate, for example if you want to convert 1000 USD to South African Rands,type in “1000 usd to rands”.To convert 600 USD to Euros, type in “600 usd to euros”
- Physics Constants
If you are a physics student trying to recall a physical constant, e.g. the speed of light, simply type in “speed of light” to get the numerical constant. You can find other constants such as acceleration of gravity, Hubble’s constant and so on.
- Famous Person’s Birthday
Facts about famous persons such as birthday can be obtained from Google. To find Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, type in “Queen Elizabeth birthday”.
- Capital City
Geographical facts such as the capital city of a country can be obtained in an instant. As an example, to find the capital city of Germany use the query “capital city of Germany”
- Mathematical Calculations
The Google Search bar can be used to work out a calculation. Functions can also be used in the same way as you would insert a function on Microsoft Excel, for example to find the cosine of 60 degrees, type in “cos 60”.You can also work out some simple math like 20 x 2
- Unit Converter
Units of measurement can be converted from one to the other using Google. You can convert between ISU, Metric and Imperial units for lengths, volumes, weights, temperature, pressure, speed and so on. Use a query such as “50 pounds to kg” or “50 lbs to kg”.To convert length, a similar format applies e.g. “14 inches to metres” or “14 in to m”
- Local Time
Google is a handy tool to calculate the local time of any region or location. As an example, to find the local time in Hong Kong, type in “Hong Kong time”
- Country / City Population
You can find the population of a country or capital city by using the query “Population of [Country or City Here]” e.g. “Population of China”
- International Flights / Popular Destinations
Google will show you scheduled flights when you are searching for flights between two cities or towns. These are usually major destinations, for example New York to Paris flights.