A sound's noise level is measured in decibels (dB) by comparing the sound's intensity, [math], to a benchmark sound that has an intensity of [math] watts/cm[math]. In particular, [math]

a) The intensity of Joel's whisper is approximately [math] watts/cm[math]. Compute the noise level of the whisper in decibels.
dB

b) A certain sound with a noise level of 96 dB has been known to damage hearing. Compute the sound's intensity at this noise level.
watts/cm[math]

c) Kansas City Chiefs' fans recently broke the world record for "loudest roar" at a sports event. The fans reached a noise level of 142.2 dB. The previous world record was held by Seattle Seahawks' fans, with a noise level of 137.6 dB. About many times more intense was the roar of the Chiefs' fans than the roar of the Seahawks' fans?

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