Today’s reading session in 5/6O began with a challenge…Despite several attempts – and some creative attempts to get around the problem (well done Josh who cut the paper in half and could fold the halves five times each!) – the students worked out seven folds in half was the physical maximum for an A4 piece of paper.
We then read a couple of articles exploring the problem in more detail and discovered some pretty amazing facts. This included the story of Britney Gallivan, a high school student who used a 1.2km long piece of paper in order to fold it a record 12 times! Here are some of our discoveries:
A piece of paper folded 103 times would be as thick as the universe! – Tom M
It is impossible to fold a piece of paper any size more than 10 times… except a 1.2km roll of toilet paper – Xavier
If you fold a piece of paper in half 50 times, it would be 100 million kilometres thick – Sunday
How many times would you have to fold a piece of paper to reach the sun? – Nick (We discovered later it was 51 folds)
Who would spend $85 on toilet paper? NOT ME!!!! – Caspian