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  • What stops a piece of paper from being folded more than seven times?

    Posted by JuIie on June 6, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    What stops a piece of paper from being folded more than seven times?

    Aparajita replied 1 year, 8 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Aparajita

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    June 7, 2021 at 1:52 am
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    We often see for a matter of fact that we are not able fold paper more than seven times.

    The reason behind this is quite straight.

    1. The thickness of paper

    Thickness of paper, primarily decides the number of turns possible for a particular paper. For papers that are glossy, shiny and thin in material are considered to get more number of turns as scientifically the pattern of atoms inside them is more compact as compared to a normal paper. Each paper has different structure and thickness. This thickness decides whether the paper can moulded further or not. Thick papers like craft paper, that are considered small in size too, are not capable of being folded multiple times as in this case, the material of paper does not leave any space for it to get folded further.

    2. Size of the paper

    When a paper of huge size is used, the folding becomes easier, resulting in making it possible to be folded multiple times. At the same time, if the paper is small in size, it becomes equally, or more difficult to make multiple folds on the same paper. The size of paper makes a small, but significant difference in the number of folds likely possible in a paper. Moreover, the pattern in which the paper is folded matters a lot. A pattern in which each turn gets and has lots of space gives more scope of folds in the paper. Too many short turns can choke the process of folding at quite early stage.

    Prominently these are the reasons that are seen effecting the number of turns/folds that could be possible otherwise for a particular paper.

    I hope this answer helps!😊

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