Back-of-the-Envelope Calculations: Surface Area of the Moon vs. Earth
If you could wrap the Moon in a gigantic cloth and then unwrap the cloth and spread it out on the Earth, how much of the Earth's surface would it cover?
An area about the size of the continents of Australia and Africa combined. The Moon has a radius of about 1740 km, giving the Moon a surface area of 4ð’
References and Resources
This SERC page describes the use of Back of the Envelope Calculations
The Back of the Envelope : This page outlines one of the essays in the book "Programming Pearls" (ISBN 0-201-65788-0). The book is written for computer science faculty and students, but this portion speaks very well to back of the envelope calculations in general.
Controlled Vocabulary Terms
Resource Type: Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity
Special Interest: Quantitative
Quantitative Skills: Geometry and Trigonometry, Estimation
Ready for Use: Ready to Use
Topics: Solar system