Sunday, September 28, 2008
The Plane and the Conveyor Belt
The other day I was catching up on my XKCD web comics and saw mention of the case of a Plane vs. the Conveyor Belt. Here is the situation "Imagine a plane is sitting on a massive conveyor belt, as wide and as long as a runway. The conveyer belt is designed to exactly match the speed of the wheels, moving in the opposite direction. Can the plane take off?" (copied and pasted from a website that I can't remember).
Think about it for a second and then, here is a link to a really good article with excellent comments about it. This is good nerdtiastic thinking. Mythbusters did an episode on it, although I haven't seen it. The conclusion... the plane will take off.