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How to Free Your Inner MathematicianNotes on Mathematics and Life$
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Susan D'Agostino

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843597.001.0001

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Rely on your reasoning abilities, because folded paper may reach the moon

Rely on your reasoning abilities, because folded paper may reach the moon

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(p.19) 3 Rely on your reasoning abilities, because folded paper may reach the moon
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How to Free Your Inner Mathematician
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Susan D'Agostino

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198843597.003.0004

“Rely on your reasoning abilities, because folded paper may reach the moon” offers an introduction to exponential growth by way of an appealing problem regarding the surprisingly small number of folds necessary for a piece of paper to reach the moon. The discussion references the story of Britney Gallivan, a high-school student in California who set a world record for folding a piece of paper twelve times. The overall discussion is illustrated with numerous hand-drawn sketches, including back-of-the-napkin calculations. Mathematics students and enthusiasts are encouraged to rely on their reasoning abilities in mathematical and life pursuits. At the chapter’s end, readers may check their understanding by working on a problem. A solution is provided.

Keywords:   reasoning, folded paper, moon, exponential growth, Britney Gallivan, math, student

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