# Possibility of a coin landing on its side(edge)?

• kurt.physics

#### kurt.physics

This is becoming a post of controversy (http://community.boredofstudies.org/showthread.php?t=172539) Can anyone here use your knowledge of university mechanics to answer this question (in link)?

Its LOW. For it to land on its edge from 50cm it would have to land vertically. When it lands it would bounce a small amount so if it was anything less than 90 degrees to the surface it would fall over.

You do understand, don't you, that everything on that site is a JOKE!

There simply isn't enough information to make a more precise calculation- it depends on things like the precise texture of both edge and floor.

Well its just a stupid question but I didn't think my answor was bad =D

## 1. What causes a coin to land on its side?

The possibility of a coin landing on its side(edge) is determined by various factors such as the force of the toss, the shape and weight distribution of the coin, and the surface it lands on. These factors can vary and make it difficult to predict if a coin will land on its side.

## 2. Is it possible for a coin to land on its side every time?

No, it is highly unlikely for a coin to land on its side every time. The shape and weight distribution of the coin play a significant role in determining the outcome of a coin toss. Additionally, the force and angle of the toss can also affect the result. Therefore, it is almost impossible for a coin to land on its side every time.

## 3. Can a coin be designed to always land on its side?

It is not possible to design a coin that will always land on its side. Even if a coin is perfectly symmetrical and has a weight distribution that favors landing on its side, external factors such as air resistance and surface irregularities can still affect the outcome of a coin toss.

## 4. Are there any techniques to increase the chances of a coin landing on its side?

There are no proven techniques to increase the chances of a coin landing on its side. However, some people believe that using a heavier coin or tossing the coin with more force may increase the chances, but these methods are not scientifically proven.

## 5. What is the probability of a coin landing on its side?

The probability of a coin landing on its side is very low and difficult to calculate. It depends on various factors such as the size, shape, and weight of the coin, as well as the force and angle of the toss. It is estimated that the chances of a coin landing on its side are less than 1%.