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The most disturbing homework problem ever.

  1. Oct 27, 2003 #1


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    Here it is. For some reason, it disturbs me a bit.

    Emphasis mine.

    Ugh. I don't feel so good putting a monetary value on the existance of life as we know it...
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  3. Oct 28, 2003 #2


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    *drumroll please*

  4. Oct 28, 2003 #3
    Where do you go to get a discount card for that?!
  5. Oct 28, 2003 #4
    What class is this? This has got to be a philosophy class, right?
  6. Oct 28, 2003 #5
    You could put as an answer the amount you are spending on your education.

    Being in the Aerospace Engineering field, you may be the one who helps develop the method to divert or destroy the asteroid.
  7. Oct 28, 2003 #6


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    Intro to Space System Design

    The lecture was on performing costing analyses.
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    Maybe it's a psych test to weed out maniacs from the space program?

    (Into high level government offices where they belong? :wink:)
  9. Oct 29, 2003 #8
    In three hundred years, only a quadrillion?? huh?? what?? who did the math????
  10. Oct 30, 2003 #9
    naw you see, its priceless . . . we all get the one way ticket to the end of the earth . . . front row seats anyone?
  11. Nov 17, 2003 #10
    so after laughing at the problem for a quite a while i began to wonder...whats the answer? how do you solve this problem, i mean obviously you should spend whatever it takes THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE IS ON THE LINE but what does the instructor for this class expect.
    i mean really, if one day im in charge of the world and an asteriod is going to destroy the earth i want to know how much money im going to have left over for the after-party
  12. Nov 17, 2003 #11


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    What is this thread doing in Gen. Disc. rather than Gen. Eng.? Cost analysis is very much a part of engineering; what fraction of resources to spend today on something that's 300 years away vs. the immediate demands on those resources could stand a little more serious discusssion.
  13. Nov 17, 2003 #12
    i'd be willing to spend whatever change i have in my pocket...considering i don't pass a needy bum on the way to the donation box. lol
  14. Nov 18, 2003 #13
    So I'll accept cheques, cash, money orders, whatever manner you can find to send it to this "needy bum"......
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