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Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Apr 18, 1995 12:09 AM
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Here is a problem I do with my classes when we talk about exponents--
the fifth graders may find it accessible, especially if they have

Suppose you have a sheet of very thin paper--so thin that 1024 pieces
make one inch. Rip the paper in half. Now there are two sheets.Rip the paper
again--now there are four sheets, etc. Do this 50 times. How high will the
pile of paper be?...a few inches?...a few feet?...a few miles? high as
the moon? 2^50 is quite large!

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