Fermi For Me?
To make the following "guesstimates," determine a systematic process, implement it, and then compare your estimates with your classmates:
Note: These types of problems are called Fermi Problems.
- The number of blades of grass on a football field
- The number of times your eyes blink in your lifetime
- The number of leaves that fall from all of the trees annually in the State of Washington
- The number of ice cubes that could be made by cutting up the ice cap at the North Pole
Source: Adapted from Ethan Bolker's Using Algebra, 1983, p. 106