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#1 Dec 09 2011 at 6:53 AM Rating: Good
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...know off hand how much force a human thumb can generate when flipping a coin? Seems like one of those useless facts people pick up in their lives. Failing that I know we have a few people who are involved in medicine.

I need the information for an essay I'm writing, but search engines are proving to be less than useful. I'm in my University library but the anatomy text books look scary...


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#2 Dec 09 2011 at 6:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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Man, this would be a perfect question for the Straight Dope.

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#3 Dec 09 2011 at 7:02 AM Rating: Good
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#4 Dec 09 2011 at 7:04 AM Rating: Good
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God **** it Samira I googled that to find out what it was and it almost sucked me in to procrastinating!!


I have, however bookmarked it for later. Smiley: grin
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#5 Dec 09 2011 at 7:11 AM Rating: Good
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We have force-meters in the Physics department, but I'm not sure they would serve for this particular question. Blergh! Nightmare...
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#6 Dec 09 2011 at 7:12 AM Rating: Good
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You could always try to figure it out for your own thumb by measuring the height you can flip a coin a few times and mathing it. Shouldn't take more than an hour or so if you know the equations to use and are willing to use a less than rigorous testing protocol.
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God **** it Samira I googled that to find out what it was and it almost sucked me in to procrastinating!!


I have, however bookmarked it for later. Smiley: grin



Blame Joph. He linked it first.

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#8 Dec 09 2011 at 7:25 AM Rating: Good
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You could always try to figure it out for your own thumb by measuring the height you can flip a coin a few times and mathing it. Shouldn't take more than an hour or so if you know the equations to use and are willing to use a less than rigorous testing protocol.

Mm, that could work. I'll crack out the rest of my essay and then do this later. If not I'll just have to make up a value assuming no one who knows an approximate value stumbles across this thread.

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Nilatai wrote:
God **** it Samira I googled that to find out what it was and it almost sucked me in to procrastinating!!


I have, however bookmarked it for later. Smiley: grin



Blame Joph. He linked it first.


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#9 Dec 10 2011 at 5:09 AM Rating: Good
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In case anyone is interested, it is approximately 19 Newtons.
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In case anyone is interested, it is approximately 19 Newtons.
You actually find it somewhere, or did you do the test thing?
#11 Dec 10 2011 at 7:07 AM Rating: Good
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Nilatai wrote:
In case anyone is interested, it is approximately 19 Newtons.
You actually find it somewhere, or did you do the test thing?

I didn't have time to do the test myself, but a friend of mine found a relevant article on pubMed. Apparently the maximum mass that joint can lift was found to be 2 kilogrammes. So I took that and plugged it into F = ma is all. I just need to wait for my professor to decide if that was adequate reasoning or not. Should be fun!


If I'd started my essay sooner I'd have done the experiment myself, Siralin offered to help. I might do it for lulz any way, just because it'll annoy me if I don't.
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