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2013-11-05 19:33:04
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The Crown Joules
Of all the faculties in any third level institution, in my day, there was none more sexist than the Engineers. Maybe it’s all changed since girls started to become very, very clever, but when I was “at large” the “Engs” were predominantly male, and were generally confined to their barracks (“the drawing room”) where they fantasised about doing the unmentionable to the unobtainable. Think multiples of “Big Bang Theory”. Think wolf whistling and drooling. Think underpants that you wouldn’t want be wearing in a road traffic accident.
Oddly enough their delayed development didn’t overly handicap them. Once they found mates, they got over the “heightened arousal stage” and made excellent husbands and fathers, although (and this is my major “beef” with them) they tended to become self-righteously pedantic about human affairs, all of which, they believed, could be parsed and analysed to death in the interests of efficiency. I never met an engineer who didn’t think that the tried and trusted court listing system (where all four hundred cases are put in for hearing before three judges on the same day) could be bettered. Smart asses and know it alls just about sums them up.
In this context, and with considerable trepidation, I wish to pose a question that may well result in the “coming out” of a swarm of this site’s closet engineers. It is a question that must be resolved if those of us who believe in “contouring” are to persuade other Baggers that it is right to circumvent certain obstacles, rather than climb over them.
If a mountain is a perfect cone, with a base diameter of 1000 metres and a height of 500 metres, and a walker and his baggage weigh 100 kilograms, how much “work” is expended by contouring the mountain at its base instead of ascending and descending the peak using the shortest climbing route? Please give your answer in Joules, and presume that the co-efficient of friction is 1.
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