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TOPIC: Doing_the_math
Created by: Robert_Hil
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Sometimes I hate math. As an acadimic subject to study, I love trying to learn it... Despit failing horribly at it.

As some might know, I am trying ti write a scifi novel... I am still editing it and thought I figured out the math to a space elevator... Using earth as a guide, I would need to build a structure some 22,340 miles high, just to reach stable orbit. (forget the engineering for a moment.) the earth is about 24,000 miles in circumference.

Unless I were to have a near perfect mater to energy to mater technology involved in my novel... Building a five mile wide space elevated has now just become impracticable... No matter the millennium. :-( CURSE YOU MATH!!!!!

So, has anyone else had their hopes dashed by mathamatical certainties?

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At 22,500 miles, the top of the elevator is zipping along at 3000 miles per hour. Hang on to your hat up there.

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This morning, while on a delivery, I had to use an elevator at a large casino/hotel. Had to wait while it returned from the 30th floor. Waiting waiting, then I suddenly think about this post. I thought about patiently waiting for the elevator to return from Robert Hill's planet Zagnut7, three galaxies away. Suddenly, waiting the return from floor 30 was finda funny to me.

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* I think I could actually learn algrabra... I think. *

I would imagine that first, you'd have to learn how to spell *algrabra* correctly.

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So while trying to figure out the math for how large the warehousing needs to be for the space elevator, I have now learned some realistic limitations to our current cranes and shipping.

I am having fun trying to figure out how to move so much cargo vs size of facility.

Now to figure how how much weight should each elevator lift be capable of vs how much weight each cargo containor should carry... Then how many containers per lift vs volume per lift.

By the time I finally have this figured out... I think I could actually learn algrabra... I think.

Hazle Township PA
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Instead of an elevator shaft going straight up, how about putting it at an angle? That way, people can just load up the ol' Vista Cruiser, and drive there! Maybe put a few rest stops on the way. Oooh! and one of those places with the big fiberglass dinosaurs!

Redford MI
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Once that theme song starts going thru your head, you're a goner.

Hendersonville NC
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We need underdog to save us from ourselves.....

Ps- now I am watching underdog On utube after somebody brought him up..... thanks.

Middletown NY
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It just occurred to me (dumb blonde) that obesity is the cause of global warming !!!!!

People PLEASE stop eating I like living in the warm climate of the south!!

Mrs Sav

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Is it going to flip over if we as a society in America continue at our rate of obesity? Now I'm worried and not going to eat that second biscuit after all! ;) Do they make biscuits on other planets?

Mrs Sav

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My favorite episode with Simon, was when he and Cad were drying up all the water........

I had to go to watch the episode.

I love when he says "Simon says Dry UP!"

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