What If?

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544272994

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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The creator of the incredibly popular webcomic xkcd presents his heavily researched answers to his fans' oddest questions, including “What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool?” and “Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” 100,000 first printing.
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What If? by Randall Munroe - A 30-minute Instaread Summary

Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Author: Instaread Summaries

Publisher: Instaread Summaries

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 44

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary of the book and NOT the original book. What If? by Randall Munroe - A 30-minute Instaread Summary Inside this Instaread Summary: • Overview of the entire book • Introduction to the important people in the book • Summary and analysis of all the chapters in the book • Key Takeaways of the book • A Reader's Perspective Preview of this summary: Chapters 1-4 Global Windstorm. If the earth stopped spinning, but the air kept moving, supersonic winds would develop everywhere except near the poles. Half the earth would freeze while the other half would burn up. People would survive only in a few places, such as research stations at the South Pole. Cold water would churn up from the ocean depths, creating global cooling and tsunamis. Eventually, however, the moon, still rotating, would start moving toward Earth. The tidal energy of the moon would tug on Earth and start it spinning again. Relativistic Baseball. A baseball traveling at ninety percent of light speed would create a thermonuclear explosion as it came in contact with the air. Batter, catcher, ballpark and everything nearby would be destroyed. It would also happen so fast that everything would remain stationary. An MIT scientist who also simulated this, however, told Munroe that his result could not be duplicated. Spent Fuel Pool. Swimming in a pool of spent nuclear reactor fuel would not be fatal. A swimmer who does not dive down and touch a spent fuel rod would be exposed to less radiation than a person normally gets walking around. The water temperature would be slightly less than that of a hot tub. Workers actually swim in these pools to service them…
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Moving From What to What If?

Teaching Critical Thinking with Authentic Inquiry and Assessments

Author: John Barell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317331583

Category: Education

Page: 212

View: 8295

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This practical book outlines how you can challenge students to grapple with complex problems and engage more meaningfully with information across the content areas, rather than rely solely on rote memorization and standardized testing to measure academic success. Author John Barell shares vignettes from effective middle and high school teachers around the country, analyzes what works and what doesn’t when encouraging students to dig deeper, and offers practical strategies that you can try in your own classroom. Topics include: Guiding students to hone their skills in abstract reasoning, inquiry, creative problem solving, and critical thinking; Designing your lessons and units for authentic achievement, to prepare students for success in their future careers and academic pursuits; Using rigorous benchmark assessments to analyze students’ progress in meaningful ways; and Encouraging students to set learning goals and drive their own achievement. Aligned with the Common Core and other standards, this book will help you teach students to become inquisitive, engaged citizens who wonder about the universe, stretch their imaginations, and solve problems by asking, What If?
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Xkcd

Author: Randall Munroe

Publisher: Breadpig Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Humor

Page: 120

View: 4462

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