# Fermi-Project

Fermi Project

Would it be possible to fit everyone in the world into a cube that measures one mile by one mile by one mile?

This is an example of a Fermi Questionâ€”an estimation problem designed to teach dimensional analysis, approximation, and the importance of clearly identifying oneâ€™s assumptions. Numerous examples of these questions can be found at the Web sites below.

Three group members should devise an estimation process that can be used to answer one of the following questions. Use input from all group members to describe the best estimation process possible.

1. Is it possible to walk from San Francisco to New York in a year?
2. If the land area of Earth was divided equally for each person on the planet, about how much would you get?
1. What is the weight of solid garbage thrown away by Americans families each year?
2. How many jelly beans fill a 1 liter jar?
3. What is the mass in kilograms of the student body of your school?
4. How many gallons of gasoline are used by cars each year in the United States?
5. How many flat toothpicks would fit on the surface of a sheet of poster board?
6. If Bill Gatesâ€™ net worth was doled out to him by the hour, how much is his time worth per hour?

Your project must have the following components:

Math work: Explain your plan, show ALL your math work, AND the process used to come up with your rough prediction. You need to use this information to come up with your rough prediction.

Prediction: Use your information from your initial math work to predict an answer to your Fermi question. This must be noted before you move on.

Research with MORE math: You will go online and use reliable sources and the support, (dis)prove, conclude, and/or justify your prediction and completely answer your Fermi question. Use your new found information and include all steps in your mathematical (re)calculations. Site your sources.

Power Point Presentation:

1. Assumptions
2. Math work done BEFORE research (estimations)