Real World Applications – Algebra I
Dead Fish! How can we quantify all the dead fish in Norway?
On New Year’s Eve of 2011, people were a little concerned with 20 tons of dead fish that had washed up to shore in Norway. Take a look at the picture on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/03/dead-herring-in-norway_n_1181005.html?ref=green and see if you can quantify how much fish that is.
If you read the article, scientists were trying to figure out ways to clean up all of this dead fish the following day. In order to find ways to clean up this big mess, they had to quantify how much fish this could actually be. Let’s try to represent all of this dead fish using scientific notation.
How accurate do you think the article was, in representing the amount of fish as “tens of thousands”? Do you think 17,300, as we have calculated, is an accurate representation? Do you think the given picture is an accurate representation? Why or why not?