Sessa's Wheat Project
The game of chess was invented by a mathematician named Sessa in the 15th century. The King of Persia was so delighted by the game, that he offered to let Sessa name his own reward. Sessa replied that he would take one grain of wheat for the first square on his 8 x 8 chessboard, two grains for the second square, four gains for the third square and so on, doubling the number of grains each time until the 64th square was reached. The king immediately called for a bag of grain to fill this simple request, but the reward turned out to be slightly more than he anticipated. Your job is to estimate the amount of wheat involved by estimating how many times Sessa's wheat could fill the pond at Fulton Park (on Cooke Street) which is closest to the Waterbury Campus.
Your group will complete the project over a period of time, making several interim reports along the way.
Report 1 Due April 9
Report 2 Due April 16
Report 3 Due April 28
GradeThe report will be graded and will be given a weight (in calculating course averages) equivalent to five ordinary homework assignments.
Those groups which have submitted a usable text or html file are linked to their project report.