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Homework Help: Tower of paper- how to make

  1. May 10, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I was recently given an assignment to construct, in 20 minutes, the tallest paper tower I possibly can. I have been given a standard sized 8x11 paper with 25 cm of tape. I am looking for relevant input as to how I could build the tallest tower. The tower needs to be able to stand on its own.

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I've been pondering and here is what I've come up with:

    Perhaps construct a thin square base of paper that uses minimal tape to stick to ground. I then would cut the rest of the 8x11 up into strips to arrange in a 'teepee' style. I would tape them to the support and put one strip sticking out top, to give extra height.

    The key is that I need to achieve substantial height with this tower. I'm looking for about 1.25-1.5 meters. Any feedback appreciated,

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