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Homework Help: Building the Paper Tower

  1. Feb 26, 2012 #1
    As part of an assignment, I have been asked to construct a tower that is completely made of paper and sticky tape. This tower must be built with 4 specifications:

    1. Must be built of nothing but paper and tape no cutting devices, glue, ect ect.
    2. Must be built within 5 minutes.
    3. Must be able to hold 1 L of water on the top for more than 1 minute.
    4. Must be 1.5m tall.

    I have tried a range of difference shapes and designs but they all take too long or are too flimsy.

    All assistance is welcome!

  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 26, 2012 #2
    What have you tried?
  4. Feb 26, 2012 #3


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    I have seen trucks going by carrying 3 huge rolls of newsprint, each much longer than 1.5m. Maybe a shortened one of these, standing on end, will do the job? No glue or sticky tape needed.

    Is there a limit to the dimensions of the sheet of paper?
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