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Paper Cutting


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Paper Cutting

In this activity about scale, learners investigate the world of the very small by cutting a 28 centimeter strip of paper in half as many times as they can. If learners could cut the strip of paper in half 31 times, they would end up with a piece of paper the size of an atom! This activity guide includes a chart that compares each cut with relative sizes of everyday things we can see like an eye and poppy seed and things too small to see like bacteria and light waves.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 strip of paper 28 centimeters long (11" inches)
  • 1 pair of scissors

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Nanotechnology
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Little, Carlyn; LaHart, David; Meyers, Ted; Weisblat, Brooks

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Museum of Science, Inc. (Miami, FL), ©1997

Funding Source:

  • Unisys

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