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by ryandm
October 7th, 2012, 8:14 am
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions Marathon
Replies: 37
Views: 10242

Re: Fermi Questions Marathon

haha you're absolutely right -- I should play it as it lays... How many animal units would it take to sustain a farm for a jiffy? I'm going to think out loud for this one: 1. "Animal units" - don't think I've heard this before, but maybe it's a male-female pair of animals? Nah, usually there are mor...
by ryandm
October 6th, 2012, 8:07 pm
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions Marathon
Replies: 37
Views: 10242

Re: Fermi Questions Marathon

@sye_astro, sorry! didn't mean to rain on the parade...ahem, marathon ;) my background -- did fq for two years, medaled 1st and 2nd at states, and developed a deep respect for the event mentioning this only so that you might have reason to believe me when I say that the only way to get better is to ...
by ryandm
October 5th, 2012, 10:44 pm
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions Marathon
Replies: 37
Views: 10242

Re: Fermi Questions Marathon

Let's say an average shoe is 3 inches*12 inches=36 inches (looking at my own foot, which may be a bit large, I'm size 11. So let's change it to 25 inches. Let's also say they make the number of shoes for EVERYBODY in China which is a LOT of people (1 billion). Therefore, we get 10^9 people, with 25...
by ryandm
October 2nd, 2012, 7:39 am
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions C
Replies: 41
Views: 13113

Re: Fermi Questions C

Maybe a google group (aka email list) is a better way to do the questions marathon? Posted details & a link to the group here - http://fermiquestions.com/#Marathon
by ryandm
September 29th, 2012, 8:56 pm
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions C
Replies: 41
Views: 13113

Re: Fermi Questions C

tangentline wrote:Yes, any more resources for us would be useful.
cool. threw together a Practice section on the site that randomly shows one of 236 questions. It's just a first draft, it could be much better - I'd be happy to address any thought / ideas you have.
by ryandm
September 29th, 2012, 4:58 pm
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions C
Replies: 41
Views: 13113

Re: Fermi Questions C

Sounds useful, though do you really have a few thousand practice problems? I'm thinking like a programmer haha after graduating I studied comp sci & now I write code for a living. I'm sure that some combination of code & tedious compilation of fermi questions / data from around the web would get th...
by ryandm
September 29th, 2012, 4:20 pm
Forum: 2013 Study Events
Topic: Fermi Questions C
Replies: 41
Views: 13113

Re: Fermi Questions C

Hi folks, I'm a science olympiad alum and I *loved* fermi questions. I miss it a lot :) In my experience there aren't any good online fermi questions tutorials, and especially missing is a large repository of practice problems. Would anyone be interested in something like what I describe at http://w...

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