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Puzzle ID:#17462
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Difficulty:** (1.26)
Submitted By:JakeAadminus*mod!!!




Tightrope walkers frequently carry a long pole to help them balance. Why does this help?

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Jun 27, 2004

i kinda got that. fun.
Sep 04, 2004

I'd say that was a...well balanced answer.
Oct 11, 2004

was I right to say center of gravity instead of center of mass?
Jan 12, 2005

Omega is right too. The long pole does lower the walker's center of gravity from his stomach, to closer to his feet,(if the pole is long enough, than their center of gravity can be lowered all the way to the feet) making it easier to balance.
May 18, 2005

that really wasnt a teaser, butt......
Jul 08, 2005

That realy wasn't a teaser.
May 04, 2006

I have always wanted to know how that works. Thanks.
Jul 19, 2006

Lowering the center of gravity is a bad thing, but this is more than compensated by the increased moment of inertia. See the "baseball bat" teaser.
Aug 20, 2006

I expect it to be:

The beam corrects the weight on both sides of the center of gravity. Allowing the walker to balance.

Some call it center of mass. I call it the center of gravity.
Dec 11, 2009

nice one

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