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Instructional Activity

Who Was Fermi?

Lesson 17. Unit 2. Grade 6 Open Up Resources

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This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 17, Unit 2, Grade 6. In this first activity, students are introduced to the type of thinking useful for Fermi problems. The purpose of this activity is not to come up with an answer, but rather to see different ways to break a Fermi problem down into smaller questions that can be measured, estimated, or calculated. Much of the appeal of Fermi problems is in making estimates for things that in modern times we could easily look up.

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