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Paper Folding

A piece of paper is about 1 millimeter or 1/254 inch thick.  There are 5,280 feet in one mile.
To see the following table done with scientific notation, click here.

Total Thickness in Miles

 
unfolded 0.00000006213711922  
1st fold 0.00000012427423845  
2nd fold 0.00000024854847689  
3rd fold 0.00000049709695379  
4th fold 0.00000099419390758  
5th fold 0.00000198838781516  
6th fold 0.00000397677563032  
7th fold 0.00000795355126064  
8th fold 0.00001590710252128  
9th fold 0.00003181420504255  
10th fold 0.00006362841008510  
11th fold 0.00012725682017021  
12th fold 0.00025451364034041  
13th fold 0.00050902728068082  
14th fold 0.00101805456136165  
15th fold 0.00203610912272330  
16th fold 0.00407221824544659  
17th fold 0.00814443649089318  
18th fold 0.01628887298178640  
19th fold 0.03257774596357270  
20th fold 0.06515549192714550  
21st fold 0.13031098385429100  
22nd fold 0.26062196770858200  
23rd fold 0.52124393541716400  
24th fold 1.04248787083433000  
25th fold 2.08497574166865000  
26th fold 4.16995148333731000  
27th fold 8.33990296667462000  
28th fold 16.67980593334920000  
29th fold 33.35961186669850000  
30th fold 66.71922373339700000  
31st fold 133.43844746679400000  
32nd fold 266.87689493358800000  
33rd fold 533.75378986717600000  
34th fold 1,067.50757973435000000  
35th fold 2,135.01515946870000000  
36th fold 4,270.03031893741000000 The distance between Los Angeles and New York is approximately 2,800 miles.
37th fold 8,540.06063787481000000  
38th fold 17,080.12127574960000000  
39th fold 34,160.24255149920000000  
40th fold 68,320.48510299850000000  
41st fold 136,640.97020599700000000  
42nd fold 273,281.94041199400000000 The distance between the Earth and the Moon is approximately 250,000 miles.
43rd fold 546,563.88082398800000000  
44th fold 1,093,127.76164798000000000  
45th fold 2,186,255.52329595000000000  
46th fold 4,372,511.04659190000000000  
47th fold 8,745,022.09318381000000000  
48th fold 17,490,044.18636760000000000  
49th fold 34,980,088.37273520000000000  
50th fold 69,960,176.74547040000000000  
51st fold 139,920,353.49094100000000000 The distance between the Earth and the Sun is approximately 93 million miles.
52nd fold 279,840,706.98188200000000000  

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