Gallery Problems Exercise

Paper Clip Challenge

Work Time

Paper Clip Challenge: Part 1

Do you have what it takes to set a record? In 2004, a record was set for chaining 54,030 paper clips in 24 hours! Watch this video to see the 2004 record.

  1. Express the rate in paper clips per second.
  2. Express the rate in seconds per paper clip.
  3. Which unit is more useful? Explain your choice.

VIDEO: Paper Clips

Paper Clip Challenge: Part 2

See what you can do.

  1. Chain together paper clips for 60 seconds.
  • Count the number of paper clips in your chain. What is your rate expressed in paper clips per second?
  • If you could maintain that speed for 24 hours, how many paper clips would be in your chain after 24 hours?

2.  Chain together paper clips for 120 seconds.

  • Count the paper clips in your chain.
  • What is your rate?
  • Did your rate expressed in paper clips per second change, or did it remain the same?