Dodgy Maths Question Yo

Scenario: Person A of height 1.63m is moving at a constant velocity of 1.3 ms-1 towards west, carrying an unzipped bag on her right shoulder with a 0.1m x 0.1m opening. Bird B is flying at a constant velocity of 15 ms-1 towards north, 2m above Person A, carrying a 0.1m x 0.1m soaked piece of bread (C) of mass 0.3 kg in its beak. Bird B releases Bread C at unknown time t.

Question: Assume that there is no air resistance, calculate the probability of Bread C landing directly into Person A’s bag.

Answer: Apparently not zero.
Source: Life.

P.S. Yes, this could have been much, much worse.
P.P.S. I hate birds.






5 responses to “Dodgy Maths Question Yo”

  1. Keat Avatar

    hi ya, nice blog you have here smile

  2. Vickie Avatar

    Hi! bigsmile I just wanted to let you know…my name is Vickie and I also am Cantonese (Assuming that since you came from Hong Kong, that you know some sort of Cantonese). I HATE IT WHEN PEOPLE MISPELL MY NAME TOO. I just wanted to say that. smile Cool blog you have here too! Bye!

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  3. Meg Avatar

    If I were you, I would not have turned a slightly unfortunate situation into an infinitely more unfortunate one by making it into a physics problem. Eeek physics.

    Also, I’m really happy for you that it was soggy bread and not bird shit.

  4. Whitney Avatar

    that is… so unfortunate. sad

    if it makes you feel any better, my friend had her sun roof open while driving, and a bird pooped, and it went directly into the sunroof, (luckily) missed her head, and splattered/covered the entire back seat. she didn’t even see it until 2 days later. (semi) lucky for her, she had leather seats.

    at least it landed in your bag and not your face. smile

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