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If All Things Created Equal....

The following chart lists the Top 10 states based on their areas in square miles:

  1. Alaska, 571,951 sq. m.
  2. 261,797 sq. m.
  3. 155,959 sq. m.
  4. 145,552 sq. m.
  5. 121,356 sq. m.
  6. 113,635 sq. m.
  7. 109,826 sq. m.
  8. 103,718 sq. m.
  9. 97,100 sq. m.
  10. 95,997 sq. m.
Task 1: The corresponding nine states in alphabetical order are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming. Try to pair the states with their corresponding land areas.

Task 2: The total land area of the United States is 3,537,438 square miles. If it had been divided into states equal in size with Alaska, how many states woudl their be? What about if the smallest state (Rhode Island = 1,045 square miles) were used as the common dividing element?

Source: Adapted from R. Ash's Top 10 of Everything: 2008