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Posted: 12/29/2006 8:34:09 PM EDT
...let's say an adult woman who weighs 120 pounds, how high up could she jump from where you reasonably think you could catch her, or break her fall, and not seriously injure yourself?
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:34:58 PM EDT
[#1]
41.4592876524378 feet
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:35:11 PM EDT
[#2]
10 feet maybe, I have no earthly idea. Gravity and momentum tends to make shit seem very heavy.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:35:14 PM EDT
[#3]
Is she hot?
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:35:29 PM EDT
[#4]

Quoted:
Is she hot?


Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:35:58 PM EDT
[#5]
about 6 feet


the physics/calc guys will be along shortly to back me up
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:36:32 PM EDT
[#6]

Quoted:
Is she hot?


Of course she is! Why else would we be standing outside her window staring at her every movement leading up to the jump out the window?
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:38:33 PM EDT
[#7]

Quoted:
Is she hot?


let's just say she is ok
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:39:59 PM EDT
[#8]

Quoted:

Quoted:
Is she hot?


If it's a CoC violation, why would you quote it?

In before the mod edit for no BOTD in GD.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:40:07 PM EDT
[#9]
Oh god!  I hope my face can survive the impact.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:41:06 PM EDT
[#10]
IBTL
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:41:08 PM EDT
[#11]
87 floors
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:41:13 PM EDT
[#12]
If she's a dwarf or a clown I wouldn't even try to catch her.

Dwarves and clowns scare me.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:43:03 PM EDT
[#13]

Quoted:
about 6 feet


the physics/calc guys will be along shortly to back me up



that's it??

so ten stories is out of the question?
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:43:15 PM EDT
[#14]
IBTL
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:44:42 PM EDT
[#15]

Quoted:

Quoted:
about 6 feet


the physics/calc guys will be along shortly to back me up



that's it??

so ten stories is out of the question?


you'd both be dead
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:45:45 PM EDT
[#16]
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:46:21 PM EDT
[#17]

Quoted:

Quoted:

Quoted:
about 6 feet


the physics/calc guys will be along shortly to back me up



that's it??

so ten stories is out of the question?


you'd both be dead


speak for yourself
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:47:05 PM EDT
[#18]
If shes mayoroscormayer's ex girl....I'd let her hit the ground.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:47:07 PM EDT
[#19]

If I have any genuine free time in the next week or so I'm going to do the calculations necessary to estimate this.

Jim
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:47:48 PM EDT
[#20]

Quoted:

Quoted:

Quoted:

Quoted:
about 6 feet


the physics/calc guys will be along shortly to back me up



that's it??

so ten stories is out of the question?


you'd both be dead


speak for yourself


You asked..I wouldn't have tried to catch her
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:48:35 PM EDT
[#21]

Quoted:

Quoted:

Quoted:

Quoted:

Quoted:
about 6 feet


the physics/calc guys will be along shortly to back me up



that's it??

so ten stories is out of the question?


you'd both be dead


speak for yourself


You asked


good point
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:48:49 PM EDT
[#22]
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:50:03 PM EDT
[#23]

Quoted:
Please don't quote CoC violations.

Roger that.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:50:33 PM EDT
[#24]
My guess is that you could "break" someone's fall from as high as 20 feet, but you might get a little injured yourself.




(I'm purely basing that on the fact that in the army we regularly jumped/fell from 5 meters - about 16 feet or so - into sand without any problems)
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:51:06 PM EDT
[#25]


CoC violations.


Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:51:56 PM EDT
[#26]
What does she look like?

This thread is useless without pics.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:55:31 PM EDT
[#27]

Quoted:
What does she look like?

This thread is useless without pics.


You missed the pic..she was a smoking hot model from a men's mag
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:56:55 PM EDT
[#28]

Quoted:

Quoted:
What does she look like?

This thread is useless without pics.


You missed the pic..she was a smoking hot model from a men's mag


And she was a CoC teaser!
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:56:58 PM EDT
[#29]

Quoted:
If she's a dwarf or a clown I wouldn't even try to catch her.

Dwarves and clowns scare me.


You are a wise man.
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 8:58:26 PM EDT
[#30]
  This isnt like the army urban legend about the guy commiting suicide
with a buffer cord around his neck is it?
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 10:07:13 PM EDT
[#31]

Quoted:

Quoted:
about 6 feet


the physics/calc guys will be along shortly to back me up



that's it??

so ten stories is out of the question?


Quick calculation...

Ten stories is about 80 feet or 25 meters.

Pure free fall would give you a terminal speed of about 22 meters per second (50 miles per hour).  Air resistance would reduce this somewhat, but even at 22 m/s you're not more than 1/4 of the way to terminal velocity.

Anyway, assume this 50 kilogram woman drops ten stories and is going about 20 m/s at the end of the fall.  She would need to stop in about 0.75 meters maximum (catch at 4' height and stop by 18" height).  

The work done is equal to the change in kinetic energy, which in this case would be 10,000 joules.  Work is also equal to force times distance.  If the woman must be stopped in 0.75 meters, then the constant force to do that stopping must be equal to about 13,000 N.  

13,000 N is about 3,000 pounds force.  

So if you can comfortably exert 3,000 pounds of force over a distance of about 0.75 meters without throwing your back out, then you can catch a woman who jumped from ten stories.  However, since she would experience a force of more than 25 g's while you're catching her, her chances of escaping without injury are slim.

Jim
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 10:16:53 PM EDT
[#32]

Quoted:
41.4592876524378 feet
Link Posted: 12/29/2006 10:24:13 PM EDT
[#33]
It doesn't take much height to rapidly accelerate a falling person.

I had the "pleasure" of watching a kid fall off a ski lift.  He hung on for a minute or so before he slipped off the seat entirely, he was maybe 20 ft off the ground and landed on packed/groomed snow and it snapped his leg like a twig and he was out cold.
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