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Alves, AM and Lyra, CS (2008)

Manchas Solares y la Ley de Newcomb-Benford.

RELEA 6, pp. 21-31.

ISSN/ISBN: Not available at this time. DOI: 10.37156/RELEA/2008.06.021

Note - this is a foreign language paper: SPA

Abstract: The Newcomb-Benford's Law (LNB) of first digits is introduced to high school students in an extracurricular activity through the study of sunspots. The LNB establishes that the first digits of various sets of data describing natural occurrences are not distributed uniformly, but according to a logarithmic distribution of probability. The LNB is counter-intuitive and is a good example of how mathematics applied to the study of natural phenomena can provide surprising and unexpected results serving also as a motivating agent in the study of physical sciences.

@article{, title={MANCHAS SOLARES E A LEI DE NEWCOMB-BENFORD}, author={Mauro A. Alves and C{\'a}ssia S. Lyra}, year={2008}, url={}, journal = {RELEA}, volume = {6}, pages = {21--31}, doi = {10.37156/RELEA/2008.06.021}, }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): General Interest, Mathematics Education, Physics