# Laboratory on Mathematics and Mathematics Education/Fermi Questions

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## Fermi questionsEdit

### Task 1: Characters in your lifeEdit

Answer the question for yourself: "How many characters have you read in your life?" After 10 minutes, discuss the problem and find a solution as group (*think-pair-share, active plenum*).

- Your results: Model of reality

### Task 2: Mozambican Fermi questionsEdit

Create a list of Fermi questions which are related to Mozambican culture and life.

- Your results: Fermi questions

### Task 3: Think about Fermi questions!Edit

Answer the following questions for yourself:

- What are the characteristics of Fermi questions?
- Why should Fermi questions be part of mathematics in school? Find some arguments!

Collect the answers in the group (*think-pair-share, active plenum*).

- Your results: arguments pro Fermi questions and contra Fermi questions

### Task 4: Cars in MozambiqueEdit

Reflect on the mathematical modeling process by answering the Fermi question "How many cars are in Mozambique?". What has to be done in each step of the process?

### Task 5: Introducing Fermi questionsEdit

When students are not used to Fermi questions, they have problems to solve them. It's the teachers responsibility to help them. How can students be supported when they answer Fermi questions for the first time? Collect your results!