So a friend and I were discussing this question, and we reached a point of standstill. Here’s the question:
Suppose you were on a 40 story building, and suppose all below you were people walking. Suppose now, that there is a woman, whom normally walks pretty fast (2.7mph).
Assuming that she is walking in a straight line to class, when would you need to jump to land on her?
Okay, here, let me re clarify myself:
What I mean when I wrote, Making me a sandwich, is really, I deeply understand the feminist view point, a.k.a the ethics of care, and completely understand that it is a very good point of moral determination, but I find serious flaws in it. Meaning that, in feminist ethics, you do not have to care about people outside your circle of friends. Thus universalization of said ethics is impossible to discern.
I’m with ya there, Thunder, but that’s why I define my personal brand of feminism as, “Stop basing the way you treat and regard people on their naughty bits and/or the gender they identify as, plzkthx.”
You’re going at this all wrong. Forget the 40 story building. Stand outside the classroom, and jump on her there. No need to go all superhero on her. Nobody meets cute by jumping off a building. Sheesh.
Hm… I just noticed, I think we are assuming, we reduced the woman to a point on a Cartesian coordinate system. So what has to be done is that we have to add about 5 feet to equation. Thus falling: 596 feet.
Second thing I’ve noticed is that from above is that the two answers were a little bit different. 21.6 ft. and 24.2 ft? Is that difference to account for the width of the woman.
Besides, I think she’s pretty, and if she’s really 2.6 ft. wide, I doubt I’m as attracted as before.
Make sure to land horizontally, aligned with the pedestrian’s direction of travel, to maximize the margin of error. A 6’ jumper and a 4’/sec. walking pace means about 1.5 seconds when the two bodies will at least partly overlap.
1.) We don’t need to account for width (why would you aim for anywhere but the center?), and height will probably only make a negligible difference.
2.) If you scroll up, you’ll see that my answer was arrived at using a building height of 601 feet (the height of the 40-story building I work in), while Chief Pedant was assuming 12 feet per story, which would give a 480-foot building.
ETA: RNATB, they were the closest secondary sex characteristic I could find to demonstrate that not everyone on the board is male.