## Can you fold a piece of paper more than 7 times?

As **you can** see, **paper can** be **folded more than** seven **times**. **You** just need to use bigger and bigger **pieces of paper** to increase the number of **folds** possible. It **can** be fun to play with the mathematics of **paper folding** to see how thickness increases exponentially with each **fold**.

## What is the maximum times to fold a piece of paper?

But thanks to an American high school student, Britney Gallivan, we now know that **paper** can be **folded** more than seven **times**, but not much more – Gallivan currently holds the world record for **paper**–**folding** at 12 **folds** in a single **sheet** of (toilet) **paper**. Why is **paper**–**folding** so hard?

## Is it possible to fold a paper 42 times?

So it actually extends past the moon by 45,000km or 28,000 miles. As a note its very hard to **fold paper** more than 7 **times**, or anything more than 13 **times**.

## Is it possible to fold a paper 9 times?

On 27 January 2002, high school student, Britney Gallivan, of Pomona, California, USA, **folded** a single piece of **paper** in half 12 **times** and was the first person to **fold** a single piece **paper** in half **9**, 10, 11, and 12 **times**.

## Why can’t we fold paper 7 times?

The problem with **folding paper** in half multiple **times** is that the **paper’s** surface area decreases by half with each **fold**. **They** determined that using a larger sheet of **paper** would make it possible to **fold** the **paper** in half more than seven **times**. MythBusters used a sheet of **paper** the size of a football field.

## What if we fold a paper 50 times?

So **if we fold** a piece of **paper 50 times**, it would end up being 112,589,991 kilometres thick! Answering the question, part 2: Would this reach the Moon? This is the easy bit: **we** just have to compare the two numbers: Distance to Moon: 384,400 km.

## What happens if you fold a paper 100 times?

**If you** have a large piece of **paper** and enough power to **fold** it, **you can** halve it many **times**. But oops, there is a problem: **if you fold** the **paper** 103 **times**, the thickness of this ream of **paper** will exceed the known size of a universe, which is 93 billion light-years.

## How thick would a paper be if you fold it 50 times?

Each **time you fold** a piece of **paper**, **you** double the **thickness**. So, a **paper** that has been **folded 50 times** will be as **thick** as 2 ** ^{50}** pieces of

**paper**(About 1 quadrillion, or 1,000,000,000,000,000).

## What is the world record for folding an A4 piece of paper?

The current **record** for the most times a standard **A4** has been **folded** in half is twelve, and was set by Britney Gallivan more than 10 years ago when she was only a high school student.

## Why can’t you fold a paper 8 times?

Because of A **paper’s** thickness and length it **can’t** be **folded** more than 7 **times**, but because of the equation, theoretically, **you** just need longer **paper** to be able to **fold** it any number of **times**.

## How many times can you fold A4 paper in half?

It is commonly claimed that you cannot fold a piece of paper in half more than **seven times**. That may be true for a standard piece of paper of A4 dimensions, but according to US teenage (at the time) mathematician Britney Gallivan the maximum number of folds is in fact dependent on the initial size of the sheet.

## Why does folding paper make it stronger?

The extra layer of **paper makes** it slightly thicker and the arch shape can support more weight than a flat sheet of **paper**. Unfold the **paper**. This triangular **folding makes** the bridge **stronger**, just like a truss bridge, because the weight **is** spread out more over the triangular shapes.