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infinity
Posted:
Apr 18, 1995 12:09 AM


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 calculators.
Suppose you have a sheet of very thin paperso thin that 1024 pieces make one inch. Rip the paper in half. Now there are two sheets.Rip the paper againnow 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?..as high as the moon? 2^50 is quite large! Maxine



