Originally posted by IgnoreTheFactsIf that statement alone does not convince you that further pusuit of this topic with John is not
worthwhile, then I don't know what will.
Aw leave him be ITF... he needs the points... and has to occupy his free time somehow...
As to Bob Lazarr...
You do know he runs United Nuclear yes? And that he is currently employed at Los Alamos?
Of course this could be another one of those crazy rumors...
You know I think BS's crusade might be better applied to our school system... seems the students these days have some crazy ideas on gravity on the
Moon... Imagine the good he could do there with these young minds...
So here is the test question....
If a pen is dropped on a moon, will it:
A) Float away
B) Float where it is
C) Fall to the surface of the moon
Astronomy 150 - Physics for humanities majors
"The gravity of the earth will pull it more than that of the moon, so it will float toward earth"
"It'll float away because your body is not able to stay completely still. So it would float in the direction your hand was shaking"
"It will float away because the gravitational force is less than here on the Earth where it would fall. I think it will float away because of what I
have seen of the space rooms NASA uses to get astronauts ready for flight."
"There is no gravitational pull on the moon to cause pen to come back towards surface. The pen would float away probably toward the gravitational
pull of the earth."
Your future Astronomers
Lets check in on the Physics Department... surely they are better...
Physics 221 - First Semester Calculus-based Introductory Physics
"It will fall to the earth by force of gravity and by the attraction between the earth and the moon"
"Because the gravitational pull of the moon is much weaker than that of the earth. And object such as a pen is so lite that it will float"
"The force of gravity on the moon is a fraction of the gravity on the earth, so the moon would not be able to attract the pen to inself. Rather, it
would only be able to suspend the pen"
Here is one that puts a formula in and uses that 'angular momentum'
"It will eventually fall to the surface of the moon because of the slight gravitational field plus the moment of inertia about the moon. Also with
angular momentum being conserved, it must fall. I=MR^2" [We were studying conservation of angular momentum when I gave this quiz]
"The pen will fall to the surface of the moon. As we let go we will introduce some initial enerty into the pen thus putting it in a forward downward
motion. Since on the moon there is no force of resistance the pen will fall very slowly towards the surface"
I would give that last one an A+
Physics 324 - Modern Physics for Engineers
Newton to the Rescue...
"A body is at rest tends to stay at rest, plus there's no gravity"
Well at least they share your view of the Atmosphere...
"The gravity of the moon can be said to be negligible, and also the moon's a vacuum, there is no external force on the pen. Therefore it will float
where it is."
"The pen will float away because the gravitational pull of the moon, being approximately 1/6 that of the earth, will not be enough to cause the pen
to fall nor remain stationary where it is. The gravatational pull of other objects would influence the pen"
SOURCE and many more...
So I might strongly suggest that as a physicist BS might use some of the free time he has making silly "I love John" threads he help these up and
coming successors to his profession see the error of their ways