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101 Science EXPERIMENTS WITH PAPER

101 Science EXPERIMENTS WITH PAPER

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You will need:
Piece of notebook-sized or larger paper, scissors
What to do:
Fold a piece of notebook-sized paper in half along its long axis.
Cut along the center of the fold, leaving 0.5 inch (1 cm) uncut at each
end. Now cut thin slits into the folded and non-folded edges of the
paper, alternating from one edge to the other. Cut both thicknesses
at the same time, being careful to avoid cutting into the last 0.5 inch
(cm) on each end of the paper. When you unfold the paper, you will
find a loop that you (plus even a friend or two) can step into and pull
up over your heads!
How it works:
By cutting a long continuous winding path in the paper, you create
a “hole” (paper loop) which is apparently bigger than the paper itself.
The original paper perimeter (distance around all four edges) did not
allow you to cut an ordinary hole that would be large enough for you
to fit through. However, the length of the paper loop is not restricted
to the length of the original perimeter. By cutting slits back and forth
in the folded paper, a new and much longer perimeter is created.
The length of this perimeter is limited only to how narrow you can
cut the slits. The narrower the slits, the longer the perimeter, and the
larger the hole.

More science fun:
Although the paper loop can theoretically be made as large as you wish, its size is limited by the strength of the paper
and the degree of precision with which you can cut. The thinner the cuts, the more likely the paper will tear. How large
can you make the loop without having it tear?

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