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Fermi Questions C

Posted: July 2nd, 2011, 7:37 pm
by Jim_R

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: August 30th, 2011, 4:50 pm
by thedoctor
So does anyone have any idea on how to "study" for this event or prepare for it?

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: August 30th, 2011, 4:56 pm
by butter side up
thedoctor wrote:So does anyone have any idea on how to "study" for this event or prepare for it?
This event is notorious in our school... our team literally memorized questions and their answers from every test they could find. The questions seem to be fairly random, so I suppose your best bet is to learn random facts and practice scientific notation.

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: August 30th, 2011, 5:09 pm
by thedoctor
Oh jeez that sounds terrible...I feel like this is going to be a throwaway event for us >.<

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: August 30th, 2011, 5:09 pm
by astroblue
Memorizing "constants" or facts about science, the US, the world etc. seem to help. Like the population of states, mass of an electron, you get the idea.
Also, memorize the "magnitude" of the answer, like the population of the state of Washington is about 6.6 million, so memorize that as 10^7. Although, memorizing stuff to two significant digits never hurts.

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: August 31st, 2011, 6:41 pm
by quizbowl
It's also very beneficial to learn some of the conversions (meters to feet, grams to pounds, parsecs to clicks, BTUs to joules, etc.)

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: September 5th, 2011, 11:39 am
by astroblue
Would anyone be up for a fermi questions marathon? Like the rocks and minerals and forestry marathons going on?

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: September 5th, 2011, 1:27 pm
by quizbowl
astroblue wrote:Would anyone be up for a fermi questions marathon? Like the rocks and minerals and forestry marathons going on?
That sounds like a great idea, as long as you explain your thought process.

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: September 5th, 2011, 3:23 pm
by Bogoradwee
I'd be up for that. Since the event can be really random, nothing would really help you prepare more than a bunch of practice questions, right?

Re: Fermi Questions C

Posted: September 5th, 2011, 5:26 pm
by astroblue
So does we start one or does a mod?
Either way, I think this should be the first question :P (remember, answers have to be powers of 10)
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Not really, a "typical" fermi question, but it requires estimation skills either way.
Also, it may be beneficial to memorize the logs of a few small prime numbers for this problem.