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A container filled with birds

  1. Mar 12, 2004 #1


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    I have a little puzzle to share:
    There is a container of a truck which mass is 10000 Kg. It is filled with 500 birds of 200 g each one.
    What is the total weight measured of the container if birds are all flying inside?.
    First I propose you to analyse the trivial case: the volume occuped by the birds is negligible compared with the volume of the container.
    Second I propose you to analyse the non-trivial case: there is only one bird of 5000kg weighting inside. It remains steady aproximately at the center of the container, due to the movement of its wings that provide it lifting force. Now, what do you think?. Is the total weight measured by an steady scale at the floor more or less than 10000kg?.
    There is air inside of the container with atmospheric pressure.
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