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Slicing Pizzas, Racing Turtles, and Further Adventures in Applied Mathematics by Robert B. Banks

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Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head and Other Goodies

Which weighs more, all of the air in the world or all the water, and how much more? What would happen if all the ice in the world were to melt? What is the average rainfall in the world? What is the velocity and kinetic energy of a raindrop? How much power is in rainfalls? How many times has the world's air been breathed by humans and the world's water drunk by humans?

We now obtain answers to these awesome questions. Nothing difficult in the way of theoretical analysis is introduced. However, there will be quite a few numbers and calculations to consider. We shall be using information given in the text on oceanography by Sverdrup, Johnson, and Fleming (1942) and the intriguing book on environmental ...

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