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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 11
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2013-02-13 09:44:58 PM
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He's not the first person to think of that. In fact I used that very example earlier today in physics lecture.

/The molecules in a solid have assigned seating
2013-02-13 08:29:09 PM
2 votes:
Bullshiat, you aren't allowed to have fun as a grad student.
2013-02-14 06:02:47 PM
1 votes:

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 08:04:27 AM
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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...


imgs.xkcd.com
2013-02-14 03:59:46 AM
1 votes:
He should take it to the next level and actually map out a mosh pit. Like how they put all those tracking devices into the tornado at the end of Twister. Just give everybody a little chip as they come into venue and tell them to put it in their pocket.
2013-02-14 12:21:09 AM
1 votes:

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...


[Citation needed]
2013-02-13 10:55:21 PM
1 votes:
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2013-02-13 10:16:27 PM
1 votes:

farbekrieg: newflash people's perception of the world is skewed by what they do on a daily basis. Perhaps if he was a chef he would see it as scrambling eggs or mixing dough.


Know how I know you didn't read the article?
2013-02-13 09:55:45 PM
1 votes:
It wouldn't be your typical "ideal gas". Collisions are inelastic, and the molecule - molecule distance isn't large compared to the "molecule" diameter.
2013-02-13 09:55:34 PM
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revrendjim: He's not the first person to think of that. In fact I used that very example earlier today in physics lecture.

/The molecules in a solid have assigned seating


The molecules in a liquid have taken the brown acid and are just wandering around, being loose and weird, man.
2013-02-13 08:18:28 PM
1 votes:
I had no idea gas molecules could cease brownian motion if they got 'accidentally' kneed in the gonads.
 
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