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- From: "Jake Watson" <jwatson(--nospam--at)utahisp.com>
- Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 12:18:48 -0700
I love brain teasers. Too often the code offers them, but teasers like this can be great fun. I try will answer your question with a short anecdote. If you shoot an arrow at a tree, will the arrow ever hit the tree? We all know the arrow will ultimately hit the tree, but if you look at the math is can be a little more interesting. You can say that the arrow covers half the distance between the archer and the tree during the first time interval. During the second interval, the arrow covers half the same distance in half the original time. During the third interval, the arrow covers 1/4 the distance in 1/4 the time. You can divide the distance and time until the sun sets for the last time. If you do that, the arrow never hits the tree. The trick to get the right answer is to use limit theory that underpins calculus. You can divide your intervals between 2 and 1 into 1/infinity size increments. Then sum them all up using the properties of the integral or limit theory. Yes 2 comes after 1, at least until I lose the other 4 fingers on my right hand. Now my turn. How is money created? Assume there is $100 in our economy. I spend my $10 and give it to someone else for a haircut. There is still $100 in our economy, we have just change the distribution of money. Not the total quantity. I got my $10 from someone who got it from someone else. Round and round we go until....? But at no point does someone get a free $10 so there is now $110 in our economy. Even if I borrow money, someone has to have the money in the first place to loan it to me. How is it that our economy today is worth more than 100x what it was 200 years ago? How do I become the person who gets to introduce money into the economy? Jake Watson, P.E. Salt Lake City, Utah -----Original Message----- From: Anantha Narayan C.K. [mailto:anant_27(--nospam--at)yahoo.com] Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 9:23 AM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: OT : does 2 really come after 1 Hi all This is just a thought. If we consider the existence of infinity, rational and irrational numbers, then would you ever be able to reach 2 after 1 since you could go on from 1.1 through 1.17123687213468977632178 to infinity and never reach 2. is there a wrong thinking of my part or does this actually hold ? cheers Anantha ===== VTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVT VTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVTVT VTVTVTVT ANANTHA NARAYAN Graduate Student Structural Engineering and Materials (SEM) Virginia Tech, VA - 24061 ___________________________________________________________ALL-NEW Yahoo! Messenger - all new features - even more fun! http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com ******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* *** * Read list FAQ at: http://www.seaint.org/list_FAQ.asp * * This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers * Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To * subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to: * * http://www.seaint.org/sealist1.asp * * Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at)seaint.org. Remember, any email you * send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted * without your permission. Make sure you visit our web * site at: http://www.seaint.org ******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ******** ******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* *** * Read list FAQ at: http://www.seaint.org/list_FAQ.asp * * This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers * Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To * subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to: * * http://www.seaint.org/sealist1.asp * * Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at)seaint.org. Remember, any email you * send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted * without your permission. Make sure you visit our web * site at: http://www.seaint.org ******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ********
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