# Graphing bigger (and smaller) numbers

You can stack several cycles to get paper that spans several orders of magnitude (every time you multiply by 10, you get 1 order of magnitude). Here are two possibilities.

How many cycles?

### How many cycles would you need to represent the following data:

 year 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 popn. size 3 17 190 2871 6743 34 590 4282 28,475

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• I need a hint ... : What are the min and max measurements?

• ...another hint ... : The min and max are 3 and 28,475?

• ...another hint ... : The data span 5 orders of magnitude (1-digit to 5-digits).

### How many cycles would you need to represent the following data:

 day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 cell size (um) 0.003 0.017 0.29 0.2871 6.743 34 0.59 0.04282 3.8475

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• I need a hint ... : What are the min and max measurements? (Be careful -- don't assume the max is in the last day).

• ...another hint ... : The min and max are 0.003 and 34.0.