Fermi Project

Q: How many math textbooks will fill the base of Alberta?

Hypothesis: 15 million math textbooks

Creating questions:


  • What is the area of a "Math Focus 8" textbook
  • What is the total area of Alberta?



Ratios and Formulas:

-Area = base x height

  • Area of textbook = 538.2 = 0.005382
  • Area of Alberta = 661 848 km2
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Answer

661 848 km 661 848 km

538.2 cm --> 0.005382 km = 122 974 358



It will take 122 974 358 math textbooks to fill the base of Alberta.

Conclusion:

Possible errors:
  • Alberta isn't a perfect shape, with straight edges. It may be hard to fill the textbooks perfectly in every corner.



Interesting facts:

  • The earliest textbook was made in the 16th century



Questions to extend investigation:
  • How many textbooks will it take to fill another country?
  • How many textbooks can go around the diameter of the earth?