At 01:52 PM 12/13/99 -0500, Carl wrote: Almost let this one fall through the cracks. >> >>For this purpose the difference between statue >> >>and nautical miles are irrelevant since no one can actually swim >> >>that fast for that long. Just fyi, 4 1/3 mph (statue) translates to >> >>51.62 seconds for a 100 meter swim. But that's not really a SWIM. It's a current RIDE. >> >Weeally? Now why did you mix MILES with METERS? To further confuse the >> >m-challenged (where m=metric or m=math)? :-) > >Actually I mixed it because most people have a feeling for how long it >takes them to swim 100 meters (or even 100 yards which is roughly 10% >shorter). Most people don't have a clue as to how long it would take >them to swim 1, 2, 3 or more miles... > >Perhaps I wanted to see how rusty some peoples math skills are >getting, especially now that they're - ahem - retarded :^) Yeah Carl. SOME 'retarded' people FORGET more than you ever knew. Touche. :^) >> >I think the swim is MUCH faster than that! Let's see ... > >When I saw your first estimate, as a *swimmer*, I knew and even >FELT that it was far too fast. It don't take no Einstein or a Nobel Physicist to KNOW that the speed (or velocity) in question is the SUM of the swimming speed AND the speed of the current. So, your *swimmer* experience means zilch since you don't know the speed of the Gulf Stream moving along. >That's the difference between >someone who has at least a little experience swimming distance >- I used to do 10 miles at a wack - could probably do 3-5 right now >without killing myself and with that current, I could probably do >about 25 or 30! :^) I could easily do 50 lying on my back and taking a nap while the current does the work. :-) >> Before Carl sticks HIS head out :^), let me correct my OWN arithmetic >> error of dividing by 24x60 instead of 60x60. > >Good thing you're fast and I have real work to do ! :^) It took only about 30 secs to make all those corrections, while I was multi-tasking with REAL work ... as making a few grands during those few minutes while I was busy trading real-time on a few hot stocks. :^) > >> >1 mi = 1.609344 km (exactly) = 1609.344 meters (exactly). >> >> So far, so good. The rest SHOULD have been >> >> So, 4 1/3 mph is 6973.824 meters per hour, or 116.2304 meters per MINUTE. >> or 1.93717 meters per SECOND so that a 100 meter swim would take only >> 51.6216 seconds. :-) >> >> So, Carl wuz right on the money! :-) > >You should have said.... "So, Carl wuz right on the money, AS EXPECTED!" > >no smiley! I gave you too much credit already! <BG> Notice the 51.6216 sec. NOW Olympic and world record times are clocked to one THOUSANDTH or a sec. You left out .0016 sec. Harrumpf. :-) -- Bob.