[Offtopic] 'Water down the plughole' international experiment
Royce.Williams at billanook.vic.edu.au
Tue Aug 19 10:54:21 EST 2008
Here is a good reference I use all the time
Plus this is the internet .. I have written this in a Forum therefore it is now true even if it wasn't before
And Double Plus True ..
Storm etc phenomena are much larger and over a longer time from than water going down a plug hole.
And as the last statement from the Ministry of Truth
"There are Lies damm lies and statistics"
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From: offtopic-bounces at edulists.com.au [mailto:offtopic-bounces at edulists.com.au] On Behalf Of victor rajewski
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On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 12:23 AM, Royce Williams <Royce.Williams at billanook.vic.edu.au> wrote:
> I am sure that this has been tested to death already and is an urban
And your source for this is?
It may well be, but there is an element of truth in it. Cyclones/hurricanes/storm systems tend to spin one direction in the northern hemisphere, the other direction in the southern. The Coriolis effect can also be seen in Foucault's pendulum experiment. It is _probably_ not a significant enough force to noticably effect water down the drain, but there's one way to find out - that's what the scientific method is, and together with a simpsons reference, this would be a great lesson on it for the students. For that matter, although the force might be very small, it might be significant over a large number of trials, presenting itself via a statistical analysis rather than appearing in every trial. Maybe that's what this experiment is trying to find. And if it isn't, then it should be :)
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