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Dear Physics Forum,I have currently been reading Charles Carrolls

  1. Jun 17, 2011 #1
    Dear Physics Forum,

    I have currently been reading Charles Carrolls Chaos Theory which uses the experiments of MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz to develop linear relationships between speed and distance which has led me to a few questions that I’d like to ask.

    I wanted to know if it is possible that the numbers in a final time up to 3 decimal places can indicate A. Class, B. Speed, C. Stamina and whether there has been any scientific investigations that prove this.

    There must be more to time than just a number, I’m particularly putting this into context
    within times recorded through athletes both human and equine rather than just the everyday number on your clock.
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  3. Jun 17, 2011 #2
    Re: Time

    Can you elaborate a bit more on Carolls' work? Does he claim that the time taken in a race tells us something more than speed?

    Right off the top of my head I can tell you that time is relative to the observer's frame of reference. A race horse's time as he runs away slows down as compared to a the time for a person sitting in the stands.

    It makes very little difference, though, because that horse would need to run at a velocity close to the speed of light to make the time dilation noticeable. I'd bet on that horse! :biggrin:

  4. Jun 18, 2011 #3
    Re: Time

    Could you clarify this, especially the middle paragraph? There's a whole lot of different things happening together in this post: chaos theory, meteorology, speed, distance, numbers, time, precision, athletics, people, horses. It's all going too fast for me.
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