ESP Biography


Major: Materials Science and Engineerin

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Past Classes

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C5550: Science on the Back of the Envelope: Order of Magnitude Analysis in Splash Spring 2017 (Apr. 22 - 23, 2017)
How did the ancient Greeks measure the diameters of the Earth and the Moon? How could the ancient Greeks have measured the distance from Earth to the Moon or the Sun? (Fun fact: they probably didn't. But you can outsmart the Greeks!) How much energy does Earth actually receive from the Sun? Does how high you jump depend on your body mass? How many atoms make up an adult human body? In this class, we will explore the art of estimation using tools from math and physics. We are not aiming for perfection, only to get within an order of magnitude (a factor of 10)! Through the class, we hope you will appreciate the usefulness of quick-and-dirty calculations in both everyday and scientific applications.