Physics Homework

Your physics homework for the day.  The winning commenter gets a plug for your blog and/or a discussion of what a wonderful, intelligent human being you are. 

The acceleration due to gravity is 9.8 m/s², the density of the countertop is 755 kg/m³ and the time slept consecutively on the previous night by the individual in question  is 2.75h.

1) A stack of five (5) ceramic cereal bowls falls off of a kitchen shelf located 80 cm above the wooden kitchen counter, breaking into several pieces.

A) How many pieces do the bowls break into?

B) How many gouges are there in the counter (made of rock maple butcher block)?

C) How many times does the person who knocked the bowls over (in an attempt to get one for her Cheerios) say “SHIT!”?

D) Estimate the likelihood of this happening if the individual had had her morning caffeine prior to retrieving a bowl.

E) Estimate the likelihood of a baby beginning to cry while the mess is being cleaned up.

F) Estimate the likelihood of the homeowner stepping on a broken shard in the next seven days, necessitating hopping around on one foot and swearing.

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One Comment on “Physics Homework”

  1. BeThisWay Says:

    I don’t know crap about physics, but I can still answer these:

    1) A stack of five (5) ceramic cereal bowls falls off of a kitchen shelf located 80 cm above the wooden kitchen counter, breaking into several pieces.

    A) How many pieces do the bowls break into? A shitload.

    B) How many gouges are there in the counter (made of rock maple butcher block)? Not enough to justify getting granite.

    C) How many times does the person who knocked the bowls over (in an attempt to get one for her Cheerios) say “SHIT!”? Twelve before she realizes there’s a child present. Then three more.

    D) Estimate the likelihood of this happening if the individual had had her morning caffeine prior to retrieving a bowl.Seven and a half and half.

    E) Estimate the likelihood of a baby beginning to cry while the mess is being cleaned up.One hundred and twelve.

    F) Estimate the likelihood of the homeowner stepping on a broken shard in the next seven days, necessitating hopping around on one foot and swearing. One hundred and three, though the likelihood of someone other than the person who broke the bowls stepping on a shard falls to three percent.


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