All about flooble | fun stuff | Get a free chatterbox | Free JavaScript | Avatars    
perplexus dot info

Home > Science
From a Balloon (Posted on 2005-07-07) Difficulty: 3 of 5
If a stone is dropped from a balloon on a still day, does the stone fall directly below the balloon, or to the west or east of it?

No Solution Yet Submitted by Erik O.    
Rating: 3.0000 (5 votes)

Comments: ( Back to comment list | You must be logged in to post comments.)
I have some thoughts on this | Comment 4 of 33 |

Without doing an Internet lookup on this question, I am almost certain that the stone falls straight down from the balloon. In ancient times (although they didn't have balloons then) it was such phenomena as this that supported the flat earth theory; it wasn't obvious that we live on a rotating sphere. We don't actually feel any effects of the rotating earth, the way we feel the effects of sitting on a slowly rotating merry-go-round. From all sensory appearance, it really does seem that we live on a flat stationary earth.

So I think that the stone falls straight down. When it leaves the balloon, it is subject to the same rotational effects as the ballon is subject to.

  Posted by Penny on 2005-07-07 18:09:52
Please log in:
Remember me:
Sign up! | Forgot password

Search body:
Forums (0)
Newest Problems
Random Problem
FAQ | About This Site
Site Statistics
New Comments (3)
Unsolved Problems
Top Rated Problems
This month's top
Most Commented On

Copyright © 2002 - 2018 by Animus Pactum Consulting. All rights reserved. Privacy Information