brain sizes: Einstein's and women's
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Tue Jul 23 22:35:21 EST 2002
"Cary Kittrell" <cary at afone.as.arizona.edu> wrote in message
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> In article "Parse Tree" <parsetree at hotmail.com> writes:
> <"Cary Kittrell" <cary at afone.as.arizona.edu> wrote in message
> <news:ahkcm8$og6$1 at oasis.ccit.arizona.edu...
> <> In article "Parse Tree" <parsetree at hotmail.com> writes:
> <> <
> <> <"Cary Kittrell" <cary at afone.as.arizona.edu> wrote in message
> <> <news:ahk14h$ib0$1 at oasis.ccit.arizona.edu...
> <> <> In article "John Knight" <johnknight at usa.com> writes:
> <> <>
> <> <> <Sqr means square-root of the equation in the parenthesis ().
> <> <> <So, the resulting velocity would be the same, as the same time is
> <> <on
> <> <> <the fall, and the tension would be zero.
> <> <>
> <> <> The "resulting velocity would be the same" if both masses were
> <> <experiencing
> <> <> the same acceleration the instant of release, but they were not.
> <> <> bottom mass was experiencing -2mg downards due to gravity and +2mg
> <> <> due to the tension in the spring. The upper mass is experiencing a
> <> <> now unopposed -mg downwards due to gravity and a -2mg downwards due
> <> <> to the same spring tension. You figure it out.
> <> <
> <> <But they really are experiencing the same acceleration at the instant
> <> <release.
> <> That is right as far is acceleration due to gravity is concerned,
> <> as is implied in my statement above. But each body is experiencing
> <> additional forces due to the spring, so they will no be subject
> <> to the same accelerations. If you mentally switch off gravity,
> <> the two bodies will move towards one another with an acceleration
> <> proportional to the 2mg tension in the spring. If you now switch
> <> gravity back on, the whole system will accelerate downards at
> <> 1 g, but this acts equally on the whole system, so you're back
> <> to considering things in the frame of referrence of the system
> <> itself -- as Jet implied.
> <This is not true. If you switch off gravity, then each sphere will stay
> <rest. Firstly, you're assuming tension again, and secondly, the tension
> <assume exists only because of gravity.
> This suddenly grows more interesting. I've been reading "spring"; it
> in fact says "string".
Yes, I noticed that. But it's true even with a real spring.
> <Regardless, you can simulate this using two balls and a string. Just put
> <them on a table and attach them with some string. Then pull on them and
> <release. They don't move together with a force proprotionational to how
> <much you pulled them apart.
> If you assume an infinitely strong string, then you are correct. Otherwise
> they will indeed move, unless you've stretched the string inelastically.
> However, I'm being picky, and you're on to the intention of the question,
> I think.
They will move, but they won't move the same amount that they are pulled on.
Even a spring won't, unless it is perfectly elastic.
> <> <Also, you're assuming the value of the unknown.
> <> <
> <> Um, beg pardon? Assuming the value of what unknown? If you mean
> <> the spring tension, I simply said that the /initial/ spring
> <> tension is 2mg, because the lower mass is being pulled downwards
> <> by a force of 2mg due to gravity. Since it isn't moving initially,
> <> there must be an equal and opposite force: 2mg of tension in the
> <The initial spring tension is unknown. You're assuming that the bottom
> <sphere is suspended from the top one. It simply says that it's suspended
> <rest. Which could simply mean that the system is suspended at rest. Who
> <knows? Actually, I find many of these questions to be very imprecise.
> <Regardless, the acceleration of the system is g. And the acceleration of
> <all of the parts are g. Thus the string's tension should be 0.
> Assuming an infinitely strong string -- one whose relaxation is zero --
> you are correct.
Yes. There are too many assumptions in these questions though. I can see
why they're difficult. There was another question about probability which
didn't even seem to specify if the two values involved were independent or
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