Fermi Questions C

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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby Raleway » September 11th, 2017, 2:29 pm

Hello SciOly Community

This will be my first year doing Fermi Questions, and I have no clue how I'm meant to study/practice for it.
I went to the link provided earlier in this thread (http://www.fermiquestions.com/play), however, it seems that the website needs to be renewed.
Do you guys have any idea what I should use to study?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby Raleway » September 11th, 2017, 2:31 pm

Best event (had a blast proctoring this at MIT last year)!
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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby jkang » September 11th, 2017, 10:26 pm

You, sir, are the person that doesn't allow me to sleep soundly at night (look at my signature!). Double irony twist M Night twist alliteration- I don't know anymore
What makes you say that? The fact that I called Fermi "best event," or that I proctored it at MIT?
Do you guys have any idea what I should use to study?
Personally I've learned that having an intuition of the scale of things helps a lot more than knowing random trivia in general. For example, vaguely knowing about something (ex the Eiffel Tower), can you reason a decent guess of its height? Besides that there are certain numbers that are useful to know - masses such as that of Earth, Sun, etc, volumes of the great lakes and oceans, etc. Best of luck!
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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby Raleway » September 12th, 2017, 1:57 pm

@JKang
You create sadness when I see fermi problems and cannot solve them :(
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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby sluelway1973 » September 15th, 2017, 9:48 am

Does Anyone have a Key for the 2006 National test?

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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby OrigamiPlanet » September 21st, 2017, 1:47 pm

Does Anyone have a Key for the 2006 National test?
I don't believe national test results would be revealed, however you could try looking into the test exchange if you haven't tried it yet.
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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby CVMSAvalacheStudent » September 26th, 2017, 9:15 pm

How is this a study event if you're basically estimating?
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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby NeilMehta » September 26th, 2017, 9:42 pm

How is this a study event if you're basically estimating?
Although it is estimating, you are estimating by knowing the values of important constants and knowing about different units and how to convert between them. Even though Fermi does not require competitors to find an exact value, the event expects a lot by asking for incredibly large answers, in addition to not being allowed to bring in resources or notes. In addition, it's a pretty straightforward event, with set answers for each question.
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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby PM2017 » December 1st, 2017, 7:47 am

Is there a limit to the amount of scrap paper given to the teams?
(I don't know why, but I remember thinking we only had one piece)
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Re: Fermi Questions C

Postby Unome » December 1st, 2017, 7:49 am

Is there a limit to the amount of scrap paper given to the teams?
(I don't know why, but I remember thinking we only had one piece)
The only limit is that imposed by the event supervisor. Really, the only thing that I can think of which would require significant hand calculations would be logarithms and other math problems.
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