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    order of magnitude estimating

    hi can anyone help me on this question?

    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 thickness of the book is 3.0cm and width is 21.7 cm

    this is a physics question! pls i need help desperately on this.

    thanks alot
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielwu View Post
    hi can anyone help me on this question?

    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 thickness of the book is 3.0cm and width is 21.7 cm

    this is a physics question! pls i need help desperately on this.

    thanks alot
    A depth of 0.217*2+1.50 and a width of 0.03m accomodates 16 books,
    which gives 16/0.058 books per square metre of floor space. So the total
    number books is ~=3500*16/0.058=965517.

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    Last edited by CaptainBlack; September 26th 2006 at 10:38 AM.
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    the answer behind my books diff from yours.
    the library can store 700,000 books.
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