Doing The Math

Announcing a new project here at Everyday Science Stuff! This new project will be called Doing The Math, and it’s best related to being Mythbusters meets XKCD’s “What If?”, where questions are asked from any range of normalcy to absurd, and I’ll do my darndest to answer the question, showing the work along the way, and giving you the hard result at the end even if it’s not physically possible. Some examples on the way are:

  • How hard would you have to punch someone in the face, to make their entire body explode?
  • How hard would you have to punch someone in the chest, to make their heart stop?
  • How many rockets would we require to move an entire moon from one location to another?

There’s lots more on the way, and when I launch the final project, it will be available here at so you don’t have to go elsewhere or bookmark us twice. I’ll also be celebrating by giving away free prizes for answering questions on the Facebook page, so be sure to like us and get free stuff! Google+ and Twitter will also have their own prize pools, so if you don’t use Facebook (maybe you’re upset at that whole Oculus Rift fiasco?), don’t worry, you’re not left in the dark 🙂

Thanks for reading!


I’m well aware that everyone likes flashing images and what not, so for no apparent reason, here’s a poster I have hanging up in my wall that’s interesting to some 🙂


3 thoughts on “Doing The Math”

  1. Why so much punching? 😉

    How about this one:

    How many fully-charged car batteries would you need under the hood of your car to partially and/or fully reduce the weight of said car to only 100lbs? This is assuming there are positive and negative electro magnets at each corner of the car, attached to the wheels and chassis as if they were shock absorbers. And that the car weights 3000lbs to start with.

    It’s a concept I have been playing with for literally years. But I have no idea of the math/engineering side of it.

    • First, you have to understand that a full charged battery vs. a completely depleted battery weighs essentially the same. A few stray electrons may be lost, but for the most part, it’s the same. We can eliminate that part of the problem there.

      The rest I’ll look into.. but a 100lbs unsprung car weight is in itself, silly. I’d say the majority of the readers of this blog weigh more than 100lbs; are we factoring in the drivers weight as well? or just the car itself?

  2. Just the car, and not that the system would need to achieve that low weight all the time, assuming there was computer control of each corner versus g-load and cornering forces while driving.


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