Note: These Challenge Questions coincide with the Spring 2000 Reports

From: Allison Bailey (bailey_a@popmail.firn.edu)
Date: Wed Feb 23 2000 - 09:17:27 EST

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We looked up population information on the Internet to find states in
which people could receive a butterfly from this winter's Sierra Chincua
population. Our class has calculated the buttterfly population to be
11,375,000.

We live in Florida. According to the US Census Bureau, the estimated
population of Florida is 15,111,244. That means if you gave everyone in
Florida a butterfly, you'd run out before everybody got one. But still,
75% of Floridians would get a butterfly.

If we gave the butterflies to our neighboring states of Georgia and
Alabama instead of the people in Florida, there would be almost enough
butterflies for everyone. Georgia's population is 7,788,240 and
Alabama's is 4,369,862 making a total of 12,158,102...pretty close to
our calculation of the butterfly population.