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Thought Experiment

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by joseftu, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Why not put this as a reply to the original post? Why duplicate a topic?
  2. ravital

    ravital Banned

    Er... I think I would love to find out what an erospace engineer is... or would I? ;)

    Just ribbin' you.
  3. Brazbit

    Brazbit Nah... It can't be.

    That matches everything I have ever thought or read about this question. There are places all over the internet that talk about this and they all get this same basic answer.
  4. joseftu

    joseftu ORIGINAL Pomp-Dumpster

    Because he couldn't stand to let a thread that I started make it to 11 pages!


    (Can we at least call this one settled now, with those--including me--who were wrong initially admitting that openly? Or should we try to get this thread into double-digit pages, too? ;))
  5. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    Merged. :)
  6. Sean Ryan

    Sean Ryan Banned

    Golly! I am a sometime vistor and mostly lurker. Just saw this topic. Over 200 posts! Man, I've got to see this says I. Read about half of the posts than got worn out! Some folks argued this issue like their life depended on it.

    The plane would take off and it would take off in less time on the belt than on the regular runway. Thrust, not the wheels, moves the plane and the belt reduces friction with the wheels compared to that on the regular runway. So the plane would gain speed quicker on the belt than on the regular runway.

    Very entertaining and interesting comments! While reading many of them I felt like I was watching an episode of some reality show where the winner or suvivor gets millions of dollars! :)
  7. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    If you were around longer you'd know the passion of most users on this forum. We are set in our ways and will argue something to death, if we believe we are right. Some relent, some don't. As long as things don't get personal, it's all good and fun. :)
  8. Greg

    Greg Full Member

    You already heard substantially the same answer from me, also an engineer, and from an equally prestegious institution, but evidently the opinion of somebody not a GA member holds more weight. :)

    It's interesting what passion people will argue their opinions with, even in situations where they lack the crucial knowledge to have the correct answer. Kind of reminds me of politics . . .
  9. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Just to stir the pot the mythbusters tackle this one, check out the full episode from Discovery.com. I haven't watched it yet, but will provide input after I do...

  10. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

    Ummm....I just watched the whole thing, and did I miss the conveyor belt bit, or what? :blank:
  11. Techie2000

    Techie2000 The crowd would sing:

    Yeah I didn't notice it either, which is rather disappointing considering the description said it would.
  12. Andy


  13. Cariad

    Cariad cymru am byth

    If it worked, JFK airport would be filled with conveyor belts instead of the long runways taking up valuable real estate.
  14. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Don't start Lynne! Just wait till I am vindicated in this! ;)
  15. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    You'll be vindicated just as soon as all known physics laws are proved to be false. :p
  16. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Yah yah yah...
  17. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member


    I've got a prediction come January 31st, the day after the episode airs. No matter what Mythbusters finds out, those that believe the opposite will still not concede and will claim that Mythbusters screwed something up.

    I'm not saying that people here on GA will be that way, but I just know the forums at Discovery channel will be full of those people as I can't remember the last time that a scenario like this caused such heated and passionate discussions across the entire web.
  18. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Yah, well, when you have something big like that? Absolutely! And MB better do it right!
  19. Sarge

    Sarge Texas Resident Alien

    The plane will nose-dive off the front of the treadmill! :happy:
  20. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    LOL! Don't you start now!

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