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Topic # 7081 17-Mar-2006 09:49
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"A room has an infinite number of points to cross, and mathematics dictates you cannot cross an infinite number of points in a finite amount of time, therefore it is impossible to cross a room."

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Reply # 30912 17-Mar-2006 09:54
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But you can create a chart with a limited number of points showing the trend of an unlimited number of points. Just imagine crossing the room is actually plotting a chart with your steps...







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  Reply # 30917 17-Mar-2006 11:17
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The curve itself would have an infinite number of points though... surely...

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  Reply # 30919 17-Mar-2006 12:09
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Depends, are the infinite number of points constrained to a finite location within the room? go around them.




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Reply # 30920 17-Mar-2006 12:14
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Looks like im not going to get much sleep for the next few days - till i work this out/

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  Reply # 30923 17-Mar-2006 12:32
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PS: What was the question? Was there a question?




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  Reply # 30924 17-Mar-2006 12:33
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not really a question - more a concept.

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  Reply # 30926 17-Mar-2006 12:46
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As a concept the maths is scewed.

An infinite number of points can be specified within a fixed distance, yet that same fixed distance can be covered in a finite amount of time at any given speed.

ie:

1 metre.
100cm
1000mm

The number of points can increase to infinity, yet the actual distance defined remains the same.
n^x points = y distance.

y remains constant, so if it takes 1 second to cover the disance specified by y, an infinite number of points within y can be covered in a finite amount of time.




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Reply # 30937 17-Mar-2006 14:33
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Slow day at work?




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  Reply # 30948 17-Mar-2006 15:56
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Not overly so, but I do so hate things which don't fit. ; p




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Reply # 31158 21-Mar-2006 13:12

jpwise: Not overly so, but I do so hate things which don't fit. ; p



Ha ha ha you guy's crack me up!!

There is a saying! "if it dont fit don't force it, Just relax and let it go!!!" funny! 
always thought I would be using that term in some other situation. ;-)
but this seems just as appropriate.

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  Reply # 31161 21-Mar-2006 13:22
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LOL. I'm the kind of person who will think a problem to death. Even if the answer comes to me at 3am in the morning. ;p

But that one certainly did cause a bit of argument in the office. I still think I'm right and half the office thinks I'm wrong in my view.

Apparently it's part of Zeno's paradox.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno's_paradoxes
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xeno's_paradox

Either way I'm satisifed in my mind it's possible to cross an infinite number of potential points within a finite distance. :-)

Jp.

PS: Apparently yes, I am strange.




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  Reply # 32374 5-Apr-2006 21:50
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Arghhh, I wanted a good nights sleep, now my brain is going to be spending it's time awake, thinking about this problem...

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