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Dimensional Analysis Challenge - Great Wall of China (Fermi Problem)

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8th - 11th
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  1. Ready to print! This bundle includes 9 tasks that require students to define assumptions, make estimations, and use dimensional analysis to solve open-ended problems. Most students need a full 50 minute class period to tackle each task. There is an optional extension problem in each task for tho
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Ready to print! This open ended problem encourages creative problem solving using dimensional analysis strategies.

I teach a problem solving process that involves clarifying the problem, stating assumptions, describing thinking, and then checking for reasonableness. I suggest grading students based on their application of this process and correct use of dimensional analysis over reaching a "correct" answer. This helps students to see math as a tool instead of simply a procedure to follow.

Most students need a full 50 minute class period to tackle this task. There is an optional extension problem for those who work more quickly.

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