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Author:Ivars Peterson (Math Muse for Kids)
Description: Imagine stepping into a pitch-black room. How might you figure out the room's size in the dark? You could, for example, carefully follow the walls and count how many steps you took going from one corner to the next all the way around. That would give you a rough idea of how big the room was. Certain ants have their own method for estimating size in the dark. When a nest happens to get wrecked, the colony sends out scouts to find places to start a new nest. How does a scout estimate a crack's size so it can tell if it would make a good nest?

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Math Topics: Animal Biology

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