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(The Atlantic)   Grad student goes to a metal show and accidently discovers some physics. "It turns out that the statistical description we use for gasses matches the behavior of people in mosh pits. In other words, people bounce around like the molecules in a gas"   (theatlantic.com) divider line 54
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2013-02-14 03:05:06 PM  

prjindigo: this kind of shiat is why 60% of the world believes in the greenhouse effect even though its own creator disproved it more than two decades ago...


Don't be ridiculous; no one created the world.

-1/10.
 
2013-02-14 05:26:12 PM  

delathi: poorjon: brantgoose: I have a theory that the way that people pack themselves...

Your theory fails explain effects observed in the presence of back packs, bicycles, or carts. Does it assume these articles are represented by perfect circles, or ellipsoids? Furthermore, I prefer to lean against the wall when alone in an elevator, rather than stand in the exact center. I deny your grant application due to unsupportable hypotheses in your initial plan of investigation and an abject failure to cite the ever loving crap out of my personal body of work.

First, we assume a spherical human...


Yes, but what about people who aren't from the Midwest?
 
2013-02-14 06:02:47 PM  

Skyrmion: It wouldn't be your typical "ideal gas". Collisions are inelastic, and the molecule - molecule distance isn't large compared to the "molecule" diameter.


They're essentially elastic, as people continue moving at about the same speeds after colliding due to personal preference.

2d instead of 3d changes the shape of the curve a lot, though.
 
2013-02-14 10:55:46 PM  
Nothing new here. My original Bio teacher used the exact same metaphor.
 
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