# Paper Folding: Extracting the cube root of a number

In the previous post on paper folding, we have learned how to use paper folding to extract the square root of a number on the number line. In this post, we are going to learn how to extract the cube root a number by paper folding. The steps in constructing the fold is very similar to extracting the square root.

**Paper Folding Instructions **

- Get a rectangular piece of paper and fold it in the middle, horizontally and vertically, and let the creases (see green segments in the applet) represent the coordinate axes.
- Let
*M*denote (0,1) and let*R*denote (-*r*,0). - Make a single fold that places
*M*on*y*= -1 and*R*on*x=r*. - The x-intercept of the fold is .

*P*and

*Q*to satisfy the conditions above. Note that you can also move point

*R*.

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Exercise: Prove that if *M* on and is on , the intersection of the fold and the *x*-axis is at .

The continuation and proof of this theorem can be found here.

For GeoGebra enthusiasts, you can download the GeoGebra file here.

*Reference*: My old notebook. Sorry, I don’t know to whom I should attribute the paper fold.