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Order of Magnitude

  1. Aug 20, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    25) Estimate how many books can be shelved in a college library with 3500 square meters of floor space. Assume 8 shelves high, having books on both sides, with corridors 1.5m wide. Assume books are about the size of this one, on average.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    From there I'm kind of stuck, please help..
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  3. Aug 20, 2010 #2
    Does the room have to be a square? If so calculate the dimensions of the square. If you know the width of the room and the total width of each shelf/corridor then you know how many shelves/corridors can fit into the room. That's a good start at least. Where you gettin tripped up?
  4. Aug 20, 2010 #3
    I'm not sure how big the shelves are though.
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