Roland Thigpen (jenius@unspacy.org)
10 Jul 2000 00:15:27 -0000


On Sun, 9 Jul 2000 16:55:42 -0700 -Z- <z@gundam.com> wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-gundam@1u.aeug.org [mailto:owner-gundam@1u.aeug.org]On
>> Behalf Of Roland Thigpen
>> Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2000 22:19
>> To: gundam@aeug.org
>> Subject: Re: Re:[gundam] What would be worse for Earth? Mass Colony Drop
>> or Zentraedi Bombardment?
>>
>> On Sat, 8 Jul 2000 22:37:49 -0500 ROBOTICK <jercar@aristotle.net> wrote:
>> >Well, I haven't taken physics yet, but wouldn't the velocity of the falling
>> >colonies matter? I mean, most meteors are going pretty fast when they hit
>> >the Earth, right? But, colonies are only falling as far as any space craft
>> >falls during reentry.
>>
>> Yes, velocity would matter, but not neccessarily as you are thinking,
>> if I read you correctly. Energy is a product of an object's speed and
>> its mass (Einstein's old E=mc^2 equation).
>
>Right idea, wrong physicist and equation. Einstein's e=mc² refers to the energy
>released by the total conversion of matter, which is theoretically only possible
>with equal quantities of matter and antimatter. Newton's f=mv² refers to the
>force produced by acceleration of a mass, which is what I think you had in mind
>here.
>
>We had a pretty thorough discussion of this over the last few months, starting
>in May. Follow the link at the bottom of this message to the Gundam Mailing
>List Archives.
>
>-Z-

Yeah, that was what I was thinking of I believe. Chalk it up to my typing that response at about 1:30 or 2 in the morning my time after being up for too long at a stretch.

I need to learn not to try to think at those times of the morning. It doesn't really suit me.

Roland

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