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quote:Originally posted by another_someoneIt is an unfortunate ambiguity in the English language, but it is not incorrect.George
quote:Originally posted by bigtimquote:Originally posted by another_someoneIt is an unfortunate ambiguity in the English language, but it is not incorrect.It is, is it not, dimensionally incorrect? Thus, does this imply that it is incorrect.
quote:Originally posted by another_someoneIt is an unfortunate ambiguity in the English language, but it is not incorrect.
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quote:Originally posted by ScouseLadGravity IS a force. its a force whats keeping us all on the earth u muppet lol its just that the way that the word FORCE is used that actually makes u right in saying its not a force.. but everybody knows it is really lolan on explaining gravity thats simple, its a physical thing. We're living in the physical world.. and you cant see gravity but you do know its there, otherwise i could sit on the ceiling. Imagine a spring, and its connected to the edge of spice from the centre of the earth, but the spring is wide and all around the planet.. now when u jump u push on the spring, but the higher u get the spring pushes in the other direction out into space just to keep the same force on you. Thats how gravity works lol in a simple way. and we'll see gravity when scientists learn how 2.
quote:Originally posted by science_guyWhen you are falling, you go down because gravity is stronger than the force of wind resistance, which pushes up.It would go against physics to not call gravity a force._________________________________________________________________________________________I would engage you in a battle of wits, but it is against my moral code to attack the unarmed.
quote:Originally posted by science_guyI see what your saying, but your a little mixed up. Gravity is stronger the closer the objects are, and the more massive they are. If you dropped a bowling ball at the same time as a golf ball, they would land at different times EXCEPT for the fact that the bowling balls greater inertia (natural resistance by matter to movement), The difference is canncelled out to become an acceleration of 9.8 m/s/s.
quote:Originally posted by geckogravity is not a force scientifically speaking, but it is a force in the common usage of the word, just like a hurricane is a force or the police are a force. get it?but i still agree with bigtim, in matters of actual scientific talk, which this site is 60% of the time, gravity is not a force."force" is startign to lose its meaning in my mind as i keep repeatign the word!
quote:Originally posted by geckoim not sure how "A" effects the word. really i have no idea. youre thinking way broader than my scope, which was just to comment on colloquial usage.
quote:Originally posted by another_someone... forces that are (or may) be acting upon a mass, and one is asked to specify one of them (e.g. gravity, coulomb force, magnetism, etc.)...George
quote:Originally posted by chrisOne of Big Tim's corrections was aimed at me in relation to something I'd said about woodpeckers hammering into trees.I'm grateful to Tim for highlighting this sloppy phraseology, which I will endeavour to avoid in future. You're quite right Tim, it is a silly thing to say.Chris"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception" - Groucho Marx
quote:"When we speak about the "force of gravity" we should really say the "force due the earth's gravitiaional field" but most people are lazy and contract it." (soul surfer)
quote:Originally posted by bigtimI am willing to accept that, as soul surfer points out, that it lazy shortening and will be impossible to iradicate. Big Tim
quote:Originally posted by chrisquote:Originally posted by bigtimI am willing to accept that, as soul surfer points out, that it lazy shortening and will be impossible to iradicate. Big TimSorry Tim, but I can't resist giving you a dose of your own medicine, but you've spelled ERADICATE incorrectly.Everyone, I'm starting a new discussion topic in which we scrutinise all Tim's posts for spelling mistakes... Chris"I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception" - Groucho Marx