Actually, 70! is about 10^100.This event is going to be fun. If any of you are interested in a more precise and less "silly" (by that I only meant the type of problems) form of Fermi - i.e. the original Fermi problem with the atomic bomb, and things like that, you should check out Caltech's Order of Magnitude Physics class - http://www.its.caltech.edu/~oom/ is the link. I don't think it's a good study resource for Fermi as an event, but it's fun to go through, and for me, that's more important.
And by the way, 70! is 10^106. I say this because a couple months ago, I was evaluating factorials and my calculator stopped at 66 or 67 factorial, suggesting that that's where you hit 10^100, so sqrt(67) * 68 * 69 * 70 = 70^3.5 = 343000 * sqrt(70) = 3e6.
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So for this event, will all of the problems be solved by multiplying stings of unit conversions? Or may there be a problem such as how many years will it take for the population to reach 1 trillion? (growth rate formula + conversions)Just a writing utility. Nada mas.Are you allowed anything in with you (paper, pencil, calculator)?
"In science, particularly in physics or engineering education, a Fermi problem, Fermi question, or Fermi estimate is an estimation problem designed to teach dimensional analysis, approximation, and the importance of clearly identifying one's assumptions."I would personally be prepared for more than simple multiplication and conversion problems, as the rules never specifically limit it to them.
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