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Chain conundrum


Best Answer phil1882, 09 July 2013 - 03:35 AM

unsure

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#1 bonanova

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 07:29 AM

More fun with infinity. Agree or disagree?

 

A chain with finite number of links needs support for its topmost link, or the chain will fall.

But the (much heavier) infinite chain will never fall because each link hangs securely on the one above it.


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Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:40 AM

My vote is
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Posted 08 July 2013 - 02:40 PM

Disagree

 

I'm going to go more-mathematical:

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:06 PM

Spoiler for Agree--My approach is more intuitive


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Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:35 AM   Best Answer

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 10:46 AM

Spoiler for I think...

 

Also fun: determine the infinite chain's center of mass.


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 08:37 AM

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It's a paradox, more mathematical than physical, of course, so it lacks a "right" answer.

 

I'm giving it to Phil for the "Black Hole" factor.

I'm into cosmology at the moment. ;)


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