|Originally posted by Loke:
How fast do I go?
Thank you for your time and inevitable wisdom!
Much as your crawling to me by mentioning my "inevitable wisdom", I would have to say you have asked a very difficult to answer question, difficult to the point of being stupid
How do I know how fast YOU
I've never seen you ski.
I've never even seen you walk.
For all I know you could be a monopodic elephant with halitosis trying to brush his tusks with Oboe's Bandits.
Alternatively you could be an amoeba with dysentery on rocket skis.
But, in an effort to pass on some of my "inevitable wisdom", here's something from my 'O' level Physics...
v^2=u^2 + 2*a*s
a = acceleration (m/s^2)
s = distance (m)
t = time (s)
u = initial velocity (m/s)
v = final velocity (m/s)
Now, it is fairly straight forward to calculate your acceleration, all you need to do is work out the resultant of all the forces acting on you (gravity, friction, etc) in Newtons, and if you know your mass (kg), then simply by using:
We have a=F/m.
If you are starting from stationary, and travelling in a straight line, assuming uniform forces, then we can reduce the equation to:
Which should be fairly easy to calculate, even for a "Warthog Faced Buffoon" like yourself.
P.S. Of course everything I said above is garbage, because when skiing, one is rarely travelling in a uniform direction, or under uniform conditions & forces, so angular velocity would be more appropriate, and that is dependent on the sidecut of your skis, how much edge you have, how good a skier you are, local conditions, the amount of alcohol you've consumed, etc.
So, to summarise, probably the easiest way to find out is to "borrow" one of the Gatsos from the M25, hook it up to a chair lift pylon, and let it take your photo. If you then return the Gatso to Her Majesty's Constabulary, they will process the photo for you, and even post it out to your house for free, provided you put you car number plate on your back.[ September 02, 2002, 06:06 AM: Message edited by: Wear the fox hat ? ]