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Everybody is born to biological parents. Our parents each had biological parents. We can say that our grandparents are mathematically as the number of our ancestors doubles with each generation we go back.
3.a How many times would 2 be multiplied to determine the number of great grandparents?
3.b How many times would 2 be multiplied to determine the number of great-great grandparents?
3.c How many people would be our 28 ancestors?
3.a If our grandparents are the 22 generation, then our great-grandparents are one more back so are 23.
3.b This means our great-great grandparents are one more generation back so would be our 24 ancestors.
3.c Our 28 ancestors would be people.
Problem from previous page
You tear a piece of paper in half 5 times. How many scraps of paper are you left with?
You should have 32, or scraps of paper left over. The general solution is:
, where P is the number of paper scraps and r is the number of times the paper has been torn.
An interesting anecdote related to this problem: it was once commonly believed that a piece of paper could only ever be folded 8 times; thus, when unraveled, the paper could contain at most 256 () sections. However, this was later proven false when Britney Gallivan folded a paper 12 times, and derived a function for the actual number of folds that could occur.