Angstrom wrote: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.
quizbowl wrote:zxcvb wrote:Are you allowed anything in with you (paper, pencil, calculator)?
Just a writing utility. Nada mas.
Schrodingerscat wrote:I would personally be prepared for more than simple multiplication and conversion problems, as the rules never specifically limit it to them.
quizbowl wrote:I found it hilarious that the Training Powerpoint is basically the wiki (exactly copied word for word at points) in powerpoint format
Bogoradwee wrote:Is that on the rules (I haven't been able to see an official copy of the rules yet)? I was under the impression that you don't round it, and whatever the exponent is is just the answer. So 5E3 would be 3, and 5.1E3 woul still be 3. However, if you have 9.9999E3, depending on how you came to your answer, you would probably want to round up, or keep it at 3 if you know your answer is probably a little higher than the actual answer...
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