Science on a Motherf**kin’ Plane!
When I was younger, I wasn’t a stellar student in school, which you could probably chalk up to having moved around a lot since my dad was in the military. I had an aptitude for the “liberal arts” and excelled there, but apathy and disinterest took over when it came to the hard sciences and math. When I was in High School, I took the minimum, easiest math and science courses I could to graduate. No calculus. No, for me I think the highest I got was some form of algebra. Since I was going to high school in Florida, marine biology and zoology were my science picks, which were cool, but I don’t think they were a proper replacement for chemistry and physics. I’ve always felt like I’m missing a large chunk of basic education when it comes to those subjects, which might explain why the following scenario frustrates me:
I’m on a large, commercial airliner. The plane is airborne, cruising about 500 miles an hour or so. I stand in the aisle, facing towards the cabin and throw a paper airplane down the aisle. How fast is that paper airplane going when I throw it? Did I just make the world’s fastest paper airplane?
I guess this speaks to how speed is measured, and the answer probably involves something about an object’s movement through space relative to it’s environment. So while the plane is covering a certain amount of distance within the cabin over a certain amount of time, it’s still covering a certain amount of distance (in the world) over a certain amount of time. It seems like “environment” is sort of loose.
Where my science homies at?
Me practicing this experiment. In an office. With a suit on. Disguised as a pre-jail energy executive.