# How High...

Discussion in 'General' started by rK@NE, 22 Apr 2005.

1. ### rK@NERover's gonna get it...

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The following concerns a question in a physics degree exam at the University of Copenhagen:

"Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer."

One student replied:

"You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower the barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to the ground. The length of the string plus the length of the barometer will equal the height of the building."

This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that the student was failed immediately. He appealed on the grounds that his answer was indisputably correct, and the university appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case. The arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did not display any noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve the problem it was decided to call the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer which showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles of physics. For five minutes the student sat in silence, forehead creased in thought. The arbiter reminded him that time was running out, to which the student replied that he had several extremely relevant answers, but couldn't make up his mind which to use. On being advised to hurry up the student replied as follows:

"Firstly, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the skyscraper, drop it over the edge, and measure the time it takes to reach the ground. The height of the building can then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5g x t squared. But bad luck on the barometer.

"Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the barometer, then set it on end and measure the length of its shadow. Then you measure the length of the skyscraper's shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of proportional arithmetic to work uut the height of the skyscraper.

"But if you wanted to be highly scientific about it, you could tie a short piece of string to the barometer and swing it like a pendulum, first at ground level and then on the roof of the skyscraper. The height is worked out by the difference in the gravitational restoring force T = 2 pi sqrroot (l/g).

"Or if the skyscraper has an outside emergency staircase, it would be easier to walk up it and mark off the height of the skyscraper in barometer lengths, then add them up.

"If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of course, you could use the barometer to measure the air pressure on the roof of the skyscraper and on the ground, and convert the difference in millibars into feet to give the height of the building.

But since we are constantly being exhorted to exercise independence of mind and apply scientific methods, undoubtedly the best way would be to knock on the janitor's door and say to him 'If you would like a nice new barometer, I will give you this one if you tell me the height of this skyscraper'."

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Brilliant.

3. ### ChromeXMinimodder

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Lol that is truely brilliant, im gonna show mu physics tutor that and see what he makes of it!

4. ### DeathAwaitsUI'm Back :D

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It would be so funny to see the examiners face after that .

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5. ### Kameleonis watching you...

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My kind of guy

6. ### planki...

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lovin it.

thinking outside the box.

7. ### Nexxo* Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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That guy has to be a modder.

8. ### <A88>Trust the Computer

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I'm never too sure if these kind of things are actually true, but they're still bloody hillarious nonetheless

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9. ### KrikkitAll glory to the hypnotoad!Super Moderator

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I love these, it's just what people would do if they could think properly on their feet.

10. ### dom_--->

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there was me thinking it was about the film how high and i was gonna flame troll and bitch/spam about it being moved.

i wish i had the balls to do that when i was at school or uni

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12. ### dom_--->

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die

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Careful there....

Very funny!

14. ### HerbicideLurktacular

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Brilliant.

It reminds me somewhat of the final exam.

Code:
```FINAL EXAMINATION

Time Limit: 4 hours. Begin immediately.

1) H I S T O R Y

Describe the history of the papacy from its origins to the present day,
concentrating especially, but not exclusively, on its social, political,
economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America,
and Africa.  Be brief, concise, and specific.

2) M E D I C I N E

You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bot-
tle of Scotch.  Remove your appendix.  Do not suture until your work has been
inspected.  You have 15 minutes.

3) P U B L I C  S P E A K I N G

Twenty-five hundred riot-crazed aborigines are storming the classroom.
Calm them.  You may use any ancient language except Latin or Greek.

4) B I O L O G Y

Create life.  Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this
form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention
to its probable effect on the English parliamentary system.  Prove your thesis.

5) M U S I C

Write a piano concerto.  Orchestrate and perform it with flute and drum.
You will find a piano under your seat.

6) P S Y C H O L O G Y

Based on your degree of knowledge of their works, evaluate the emotional
stability, degree of adjustment, and repressed frustrations of each of the
following: Alexander of Aphrodisias, Rameses II, Gregory of Nicea, Hammurabi.
Support your evaluations with quotations from each man's work, making
appropriate references.  It is not necessary to translate.

7) S O C I O L O G Y

Estimate the sociological problems which might accompany the end of the
world.  Construct an experiment to test your theory.

8) M A N A G E M E N T  S C I E N C E

Define management.  Define science.  How do they relate?  Why?  Create a
generalized algorithm to optimize all managerial decisions.  Assuming an
1130 CPU supporting 50 terminals, each terminal to activate your algorithm;
design the communications interface and all necessary control programs.

9) E N G I N E E R I N G

The disassembled parts of a high-powered rifle have been placed in a box onyour desk.  You will also find an instruction manual, printed in Swahili.  In
ten minutes a hungry Bengal tiger will be admitted to the room.  Take
whatever action you feel is appropriate.  Be prepared to justify your decision.

10) E C O N O M I C S

Develop a realistic plan for refinancing the national debt.  Trace the
possible effects of your plan in the following areas: Cubism, the Donatist
controversy, the wave theory of light.  Outline a method for preventing these
effects.  Criticize this method from all possible points of view.  Point out
last question.

11) P O L I T I C A L  S C I E N C E

There is a red telephone on the desk beside you. Start World War III.
Report at length on its socio-political effects, if any.

12) E P I S T E M O L O G Y

Take a position for or against truth.  Prove the validity of your
position.

13) P H Y S I C S

Explain the nature of matter.  Include in your answer an evaluation of the
impact of the development of mathematics on science.

14) P H I L O S O P H Y

Sketch the development of human thought; estimate its significance.
Compare with the development of any other kind of thought.

15) G E N E R A L  K N O W L E D G E

Describe in detail.  Be objective and specific.

* * E X T R A  C R E D I T * *

Define the universe; give three examples.

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```

15. ### ConstructaconConstructing since 1978

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I love the final exam. That's classic.

The barometer thing reminds me of the old thermodynamics of Hell exam question.

16. ### LovahApple and Canon fanboy

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Haha Funny,

This reminds me of the story with the glass of rocks, sand..
Well just in case nobody has heared it. here goes.

There is a professor and in his class he wants to explain to his students how theire life is filled.

He takes a big glass and puts in big rocks. He askes: Is the glass full?
Some students immediatly reply: yes its full.

Students look at eachother and after a few seconds some reply: yes, now its full.

The professor again shakes his head and adds sand. And says: Now its full.

You see, the glass represents your life, the rocks represent the big things in life. Family, Education, Work. The smaller rocks represent important things in your life. Hobbys, Very close friends, ... And the sand represents all the small things in life, like a car, clothes, a watch..

But then a student walks up to the front of the glass.. takes out a pint, opens it, and poors it in the big glass. And says to the glass. Remember, nomather how full your life is, there is always room for beer !

L

17. ### Lord_ABoom baby!

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That one is pretty good, as is the rocks & sand one

18. ### ConstructaconConstructing since 1978

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Never heard of that one. Linky?

19. ### DeathAwaitsUI'm Back :D

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Post above mate .

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