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# if you could fold a piece of paper 51 times, it could reach the sun. is this true?

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if you could fold a piece of paper 51 times, it could reach the sun. is this true?

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When you fold a piece of paper, it doubles in width. If you double it 51 times:  251  ≈  2.25 x 1015.

A sheet of paper is approximately 0.1 mm.

0.1 mm x 2.25 x 1015

=  2.25 x 1014 mm      (multiply by 0.1)

=  2.25 x 1013 cm        (divide by 10)

=  2.25 x 1011 m         (divide by 100)

=  2.25 x 108 km         (divide by 1000)

=  225, 000, 000  km

The distance from the earth to the sum is approximately  149, 600, 000 km

geno3141  Jul 11, 2015
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It's pretty much impossible to fold a piece of paper more than about eight times, so the question is pointless.

Guest Jul 10, 2015
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When you fold a piece of paper, it doubles in width. If you double it 51 times:  251  ≈  2.25 x 1015.

A sheet of paper is approximately 0.1 mm.

0.1 mm x 2.25 x 1015

=  2.25 x 1014 mm      (multiply by 0.1)

=  2.25 x 1013 cm        (divide by 10)

=  2.25 x 1011 m         (divide by 100)

=  2.25 x 108 km         (divide by 1000)

=  225, 000, 000  km

The distance from the earth to the sum is approximately  149, 600, 000 km

geno3141  Jul 11, 2015
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Now that is amazing!

Melody  Jul 11, 2015

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