Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Power Scaling for My Fictional Universe

  1. Nov 8, 2016 #1
    In my fictional universe, I have several reaches and transformations and whatnot. Each power level is determined by the average power of a human.

    Humans are usually in a power scale of 1-5.

    This means that someone can be 5 times the strength of someone at maximum.

    Now. I need to figure out some calculations for a power scale system that starts with the power needed to kill someone with a single punch.

    This scale continues upwards with things like a Bus, A Tank, the average 2 story 3 bedroom home, a 3 story apartment. A small city, and eventually goes up to things like Earth, Mars, Sun, ect.

    Some can be estimated easily while others can't. I'm just looking for a general idea of things.

    "If the average human in my story is a 3, and it takes 1 punch to kill a human, how many punches would it take to destroy ""X"" object. if all the punches were combined into one.

    This person would have super powers and what not.

    Also, how many punches in my universe would equal a 1 ton explosion that would level a small apartment.

    This is vague and open but I need help putting the human punch onto a destructive scale

    Assume everything is constant, otherwise there are WAYYYYYYYYYYYY to many variables.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 8, 2016 #2
    I read somewhere the average human punch is 1000j, which is equal to like 0.0000000002 kt.

    is that correct?
     
  4. Nov 8, 2016 #3

    anorlunda

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Whoa! I think a ton of TNT would level more than an apartment. It might do the whole building.
     
  5. Nov 10, 2016 #4

    Ryan_m_b

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    One important question: what do you mean by strength? Do you mean literal strength where 5 is on the order of a world class weight lifter and 1 is an emaciated elderly person prior to death? If so how are different bodily capabilities taken into account i.e. an olympic sprinter versus a marathon runner?

    There are far too many variables; where they are punched, how fast the punch is, how healthy they are, where they were punched on the body (an obese elderly person punched in the leg by a boxing heavyweight is more likely to survive than a healthy twenty year old taking one to the head) etcetera. Perhaps simplify it a bit for yourself by looking into the normal distribution of a variety of human traits and mapping against that.
     
  6. Nov 12, 2016 #5
    YEah, strength is like that, 1 is a weak child or elderly person, and 5 is like the best humanity has. A skilled boxer, a 512kg weight lifter.

    As for where the punch is, I'd say the head. I'm just trying to make a simple power scale, but have taken it way too far.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted