Puzzles & Games Common sense word problem - solved by OT

Discussion in 'Puzzles & Games' started by helenheaven, Nov 24, 2004.

  1. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    Suppose you are on an elevator on the 16th floor of a building, when the cable breaks. As you plummet toward the ground, you recall that you once heard that by jumping up FAST at the instant of impact, you can escape death. You also recall that the floors are twelve feet apart and that the acceleration of a falling object is 32 feet per second squared. When should you jump?

    [Edited on 26-11-2004 by helenheaven]
     
  2. Mizar

    Mizar Premium Member

    6 seconds after you begin to fall
     
  3. oddtodd

    oddtodd Premium Member

    you still go squish , It doesnt matter . when the elevator drops from beneath your feet , you will fall as fast as it does , but impact the bottom a split second later . What would be the appropriate thing to do in freefall is to contort yourself into the necesarry position and kiss your :moon: goodbye !:lol:
     
  4. helenheaven

    helenheaven Premium Member

    Yep ,thats right

    You would impact between the 2nd and 3rd second after the cable broke, so you would want to jump 2 seconds after the break. However, considering the calculations involved, you would probably end up as a heap of screaming bloody mess at the bottom of the elevator shaft before you figured the answer out. Besides, there's no telling if jumping really works.