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Fantastic Fermi Friday. The Power of Estimation. Fermi Lab: Home of the Tevatron. Enrico Fermi 1901-1954 Theoretical Physicist. Fermi Questions. How many piano tuners are there in NY city? How many dump truck loads would it take to cart away Mt. Everest?

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fantastic fermi friday

Fantastic Fermi Friday

The Power of Estimation

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Fermi Lab:

Home of the Tevatron

Enrico Fermi 1901-1954

Theoretical Physicist

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Fermi Questions

How many piano tuners are there in NY city?

How many dump truck loads would it take to cart away Mt. Everest?

How many pieces of popcorn does it take to fill a room?

How much carbon dioxide does a square meter of a forest remove from the atmosphere each year?

How many pieces of paper could a package of lead cover?

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The Process
  • Identify factors needed to calculate the answer
  • For those factors that are not easy to estimate, break them down further into factors that can be reasonably estimated

How many hot dogs are consumed at major league baseball games during a season?

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