Assessment

Fermi Number

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A fermi number is a rough estimate of a quantity that is difficult or impossible to measure. Individuals design a process for making an estimation of a given scenario. For example, they determine a plan for estimating the number of heartbeats in a lifetime.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Model a similar question so pupils understand the expectation
  • Create additional questions and have collaborative groups each tackle a different scenario
Classroom Considerations
  • Questions may require online research
Pros
  • Uses open-ended questions that allow individuals to make their own conclusions and design
  • Answer key provides a sample answer to help guide instruction
Cons
  • None
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