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Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

The average dimension for each of the following objects is given in the table below:

  Length Cross - Sectional Area Volume Modelling by which solid?
Mitochondria 1 $\mu$m 0.79 $\mu$m$^2$ 0.79 $\mu$m$^3$ Cylinder
Arabis voch pollen 30 $\mu$m 706.9 $\mu$m$^2$ 14137 $\mu$m$^3$ Sphere
Ring stage of Plasmodium falciparum 1.5 $\mu$m 0.79 $\mu$m$^2$ 0.03 $\mu$m$^3$ Ring
Tuberculosis bacterium 2 $\mu$m 0.12 $\mu$m$^2$ 0.24 $\mu$m$^3$ Cylinder
Human red blood cell 8 $\mu$m 50 $\mu$m$^2$ 100 $\mu$m$^3$ Disc
Human nerve cell 2 $\mu$m 3 $\mu$m$^2$ 0.3 $\mu$m$^3$ Disc
The eye of a needle 1 mm 1 mm$^2$ 0.1 mm$^3$ Cuboid
Cat hair 3 cm 0.3 mm$^2$ 9 mm$^3$ Cylinder
Snowflake crystal 1 cm 0.79 cm$^2$ 0.17 cm$^3$ Sphere


Therefore, we can roughly rank these objects by length, volume and cross - sectional area.