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I heard it is a law that nothing can travel faster than light. However I thought of something strange, if you notice a stick on a hinge that can rotate 360 degrees, the end of the stick travels more distance than it does at the part near the hinge. So what if you have a very long stick... one that would reach a million lightyears. If you rotated that stick, would the end of the stick move faster than light?

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no because you can't possibly have the strenght to make the stick go that speed
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I'm pretty sure your theory is correct.


However, that's impossible thus proving your theory wrong.

I have no idea what I'm talking about though.
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That is a pretty weird idear. I think it would work.
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Well lets say its God's stick


We're talking about science here, that's an invalid assumption.
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I think you're being silly.

I think I've had a bit much to drink.

But I see no reason why the end of that stick would travel any faster than the speed of light.

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#12
Getting the power to do that is immense. But I don't think it would work anyways...Light for the most part travels in a straight line unless defracted of something like that. Where the hinge goes in a circle.
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Getting the power to do that is immense. But I don't think it would work anyways...Light for the most part travels in a straight line unless defracted of something like that. Where the hinge goes in a circle.

For the most part... but light is proven to bend so my theory still works ^^
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in order to make the stick go the speed of light you would need an endless amount of energy and no stick can withstand an endless amount of energy so the stick would just break
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that's a good question, if I still had physics, I would ask my teacher. try asking a physics question. it's questions like that , that helped Einstein come up with these theories of relativity and stuff like that.
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well the thing is light is actually moving infinately fast, but due to time dilation we observe it moving at the fastest universal speed possible, misleadingly though adecuately dubbed the speed of light. it's so special because you absolutely can not accelerate anything with mass to that speed, you can take it to 99,9% of it granted you have the resources and what not, but to get to 100% you would require an infinite amount of energy, so obviously it wont happen

the big stick theory is correct in theory, but in practice you could never get it to work

what you can do, though, is find every single antiparticle to each and every particle within the big stick and make them collide. then the whole damn thing is gone, faster than the speed of light
#19
no because when the outside of the stick begins to approach the speed of light it becomes impossible for it to accelerate any more, the part of the stick at the hinge would just go slower
#20
well, judging by your name, you came up with that thought when you were high:P i always do that. one thing i always think of when high, is " how do you explain sight to someone born without eyes " . that always makes me wonder if humans are missing some sence that other things have, and we are completely unaware. in answer to your question, i have no idea aha
#21
no. as something approaches the speed of light, it actually gains mass exponentially (i think), requiring more and more energy to push it past the light speed barrier. the only ways to break the barrier would be to have an infinite source of energy (but there is none), or to warp the space the object in question is travelling through, like theoretically in a worm hole.
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What if he were in bed while he switched off the light? He'd obviously be in his bed before it became dark..
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It can't happen, mate. The speed of light is around 168,000 miles per second.
You'd need an insane amount of power, and no stick, scientific or not, would be able to withstand it.
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For the most part... but light is proven to bend so my theory still works ^^


Yeah, I suppose if it interacts with dark matter. (if it exists )
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If you 'pushed' the stick near the axis at the speed of light, then technically yes the end of the stick would go faster. But that is just not going to happen.
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well the thing is light is actually moving infinately fast, but due to time dilation we observe it moving at the fastest universal speed possible, misleadingly though adecuately dubbed the speed of light. it's so special because you absolutely can not accelerate anything with mass to that speed, you can take it to 99,9% of it granted you have the resources and what not, but to get to 100% you would require an infinite amount of energy, so obviously it wont happen

the big stick theory is correct in theory, but in practice you could never get it to work

what you can do, though, is find every single antiparticle to each and every particle within the big stick and make them collide. then the whole damn thing is gone, faster than the speed of light

What do you mean by infinitely fast? You mean that light increases in speed constantly without stopping?
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no. as something approaches the speed of light, it actually gains mass exponentially (i think), requiring more and more energy to push it past the light speed barrier. the only ways to break the barrier would be to have an infinite source of energy (but there is none), or to warp the space the object in question is travelling through, like theoretically in a worm hole.

So if you approach speed of light then you get fat? Exponentially?
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As objects accelerate they gain mass. You can't notice this effect because we don't have any means of traveling at the speeds that this happens. The mass that an object gains as it approaches the speed of light prevents the object from ever reaching the speed of light.

PabloTaco is right
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So if you approach speed of light then I get fat? Exponentially?


lol. porportionally (sp?) youd be the same, but each individual particle i think would get bigger. im not entirely sure, im just going off of what i remember from An Elegant Universe.
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#33
I believe that would be the equivalent of:

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Wasn't that about an old baseball player? I think he copied. Haha
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You can't gain mass simply by traveling at the speed of light, because that means energy from nothing... which is impossible i think..
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So if you approach speed of light then you get fat? Exponentially?


precisely

once you're somewhere past the 90 % range just a little bit more speed will make you exponentionally more massive, as was said

and you'd also age slow as hell, provided you were going that fast for a little bit. by the time you slowed down it would be because some kind of disaster destroyed your source of energy in the year 2361

what i mean by infinitely fast is that photons quite literally live in what we would call 0 time, they're on a plane where the time dimension doesn't exist, but since speed is relative to the object in question and the observer we "see" it after it has undergone physical processes, time and space have swelled up around it to such an extent that we can actualy observe its light cone; its movement

to get a better feel for the increasing mass thing, picture an atom being sped up faster and faster. it would flatten more and more upon being accelerated and continue to travel as as a disk rather than a ball (just imagine a ball, it's really a touch harder to explain something of that size's "appearance")
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precisely

once you're somewhere past the 90 % range just a little bit more speed will make you exponentionally more massive, as was said

and you'd also age slow as hell, provided you were going that fast for a little bit. by the time you slowed down it would be because some kind of disaster destroyed your source of energy in the year 2361

what i mean by infinitely fast is that photons quite literally live in what we would call 0 time, they're on a plane where the time dimension doesn't exist, but since speed is relative to the object in question and the observer we "see" it after it has undergone physical processes, time and space have swelled up around it to such an extent that we can actualy observe its light cone; its movement

to get a better feel for the increasing mass thing, picture an atom being sped up faster and faster. it would flatten more and more upon being accelerated and continue to travel as as a disk rather than a ball (just imagine a ball, it's really a touch harder to explain something of that size's "appearance")

You can't gain mass from nothing and your theory only tells of compression not mass gain.
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You can't gain mass from nothing and your theory only tells of compression not mass gain.



You wouldn't gain mass, you'd lose it, unless your vessel was properly suited to NOT disintegrate. Also it's impossible to make your "stick" move faster than the speed of light, not enough energy, and it would probably split in two. Just stop with this nonsense.
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You wouldn't gain mass, you'd lose it, unless your vessel was properly suited to NOT disintegrate. Also it's impossible to make your "stick" move faster than the speed of light, not enough energy, and it would probably split in two. Just stop with this nonsense.

Ok, for the record, I think he was talking about God's indestructible super duper stick.

Which obviously can't break.
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#40
woudlnt the light naturally fire in a straight line...where as the stick end has to go the long way like a curve .....the stick end might travel the same speed.....but will ocver less distance in a period of time.
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