2002 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tournament University of Michigan/Duke University


Sulu Sea C. (10) This strait between Java and Sumatra contains what is left of Krakatoa. Answer: Sunda



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Sulu Sea

C. (10) This strait between Java and Sumatra contains what is left of Krakatoa.

Answer: Sunda Strait
2. In August 2001, a group of physicists, after observing the spectra of quasars, announced that one of the fundamental physical constants may have been smaller billions of years ago. For the stated number of points:

A. (5) Identify that possibly inconstant constant, abbreviated alpha.

Answer: fine-structure constant

B. (5/5/5) The fine structure constant is derived from these three other constants and 2 pi.

Answer: the charge of the electron, Planck’s constant, the speed of light in a vacuum

Prompt: if given their respective abbreviations e, h, and c

C. (10) Give the accepted value of this dimensionless constant, as a decimal rounded to four decimal places or an equivalent fraction.

Answer: .0073

Accept:


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