Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite

Edward F. Redish

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Byting the disk

A floppy disk for a computer stores information by magnetizing small regions of the disk. For a typical floppy disk, estimate the area of the disk that corresponds to a single bit of information. (Remember: the storage capacity of a disk is usually given in bytes where 1 byte = 8 bits.)

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