Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Newton's First Law

I often joke with people in the south that if the would spend less time teaching disbelief in science and just a little more time teaching Newton's First Law of Motion, they might be able to drive in the winter time.

This picture is a classic example. Anyone else wonder what would happen on a bus hurdling down the highway if it say suddenly stopped?

Objects in motion tend to stay in motion unless acted upon by another force or object. Like say a windshield.

I try to surpress logic when I ride. Makes me feel a bit better about standing in a tube moving 60 mph.

5 comments:

WeaselMomma said...

Use the hand straps as opposed to the windshield. Just a suggestion.

OhCaptain said...

I usually do, if there is one available, but then I worry about the structural integrity of my shoulder. At 60 mph, the force might...never mind, there I go thinking again ;-)

surprised mom said...

Well, this post makes me want to take public transportation soon. LOL. I try not to think of what happens to objects or people moving at 60mph and coming to an abrupt stop. Not a pretty picture. And unless you're iron man, you should worry about the structural integrity of your shoulder . . .

seashore subjects said...

Maybe the intent is that people are so distracted about where they are going that they don't think. Or perhaps stand towards the back and hope that the person in front of you cushions the impact? And really would a seat be that much safer?

Kat said...

Hey, I can drive in snow! It took me one winter in Missouri to figure it out!