Tag Archives: 10-to-plus04

50 (states)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA For a powers of 10 project, you could pick a state and look at different powers of 10 like land area in square kilometers, largest cities, natural land formations like depths of lakes, or elevation of mountains. You could compare the census reports (every 10 years) of a few cities and [...]

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60 (Foot-pounds = 81 Newton meters)

When leading Powers of 10 workshops, something that you quickly become aware of is how everything is quantified – speed, height, width, energy, weight, length, area, distance…  As global communication increases between nations (10+4), and individuals (100), conversions are made in order to make sure everyone is speaking fluently about the same piece of information.  [...]

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79 (A.D.)

In 79 A.D., Mount Vesuvius erupted and immediately covered the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.  “Vesuvius is part of the Campanian volcanic arc, a line of volcanoes that formed over a subduction zone created by the convergence of the African and Eurasian plates.”  Having formed millions of years (10+7) ago, these tectonic plates have [...]

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80 (Beats at Discover Magazine)

80 Beats/Discover Magazine is an online blog of some exciting, unexpected developments in science including observations of wildlife and articles from science journals.  For example, I just learned that some dolphins protect their snouts with sponges when seeking fish in rocky areas.  And in order to stop blood-sucking, disease carrying mosquitoes, one solution being researched [...]

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81 (degrees)

To see 81 degrees from different powers of 10: 1) Temperature  (10+2) 81 degrees Fahrenheit = 27.2 degrees Celsius 2) Global location (10+7) 81 degrees longitude (vertical line) = 81 degrees west of the Prime Meridian (Greenwich, England) 3) Weather (10+4) The dewpoint is always the same as the temperature or lower. During a heat [...]

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82 (million plastic bottles recycled by Nike)

Nike is a company thinking green.  Lorrie Vogel the head of Nike Considered explained to Matthew Wheeland of GreenBiz.com: “For us, it’s about creating closed-loop products, taking materials from an old shoe and an old shirt, grinding it up and turning them into a new shoe, a new shirt.” Many techniques have been put into [...]

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(19)84

1984 by George Orwell Many of the key elements and themes in George Orwell’s classic book can be viewed as expanding and contracting powers of 10: ~ Futuristic society (10+2) ~ Big Brother/Totalitarian state (10+5) ~ Thought police (10+4) ~ Thoughtcrime by the individual (100)

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87 (percent of Australia’s current electricity demand)

All three major fossil fuels (oil, natural gas and coal) were made over 300 million years ago (10+8) and contain  elements like Carbon and Hydrogen (10-10).  The world’s demand for energy may max out all the coal deposits though there are deposits around the world.  The gathering and burning of coal has also been demonstrated [...]

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(Element) 94 (and the future of the Space Age)

11.09.1967 Brazil, Atlantic Ocean, Africa, Sahara and Antarctica seen from Apollo 4 Image from NASA Element 94 on the Periodic Table is Plutonium. (10-12) “The isotope 233Pu was used in the American Apollo lunar missions to power seismic and other equipment on the lunar surface.”  On page 37 of NASA’s Fiscal Year 2010 -Performance and Accountability [...]

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96 (Street Station)

Map from SPUI The 96th Street Station opened on October 27, 1904 in New York City.  In April, 2010, about 134,000 trips (10+5) begin or end at the station which means about 67,000 straphangers (10+4) used the new entrance to the 96th Street Station for travel on the 1, 2 and 3 lines.  WNYC News [...]

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