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I'm a Computer (Web) Programmer/Analyst based in Anchorage, AK and Minneapolis, MN. I use (among other things) ASP.NET, C# and SQL Server.

I build things. Bicycles, computers, websites, guitars, cars, motorcycles, sound sytems... lots of things.


Oct
12
comment Could the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle turn out to be false?
@JerrySchirmer "an electron looks very, very much like a wave". That sounds fine, until you start saying therefore it IS a wave. The shadow of a man can look very, very much like a woman, except when you turn the lights on, he isn't. I'm asking for justification between the 'well, on some experiments on earth an electron behaves like a wave' to 'an electron is a wave'. Accordingly, when we run into something a wave cannot do, like stop, why we then associate this characteristic with an election and say an electron cannot stop. I'm not saying it's wrong, I'm asking why it's assumed right.
Oct
11
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
24
revised What shape of track minimizes the time a ball takes between start and stop points of equal height?
Added edit that this answer is incorrect.
Sep
24
comment What shape of track minimizes the time a ball takes between start and stop points of equal height?
Ah, thanks for the link!
Sep
23
answered What shape of track minimizes the time a ball takes between start and stop points of equal height?
Sep
21
accepted Why are L4 and L5 lagrangian points stable?
Sep
20
comment What would be likely to completely stop a subatomic particle assuming it was possible?
Why can't it 'fall in' but not be captured by a proton? It seems through Quantum Tunnelling that an electron can sometimes be inside of a nucleus - so what's stopping it from just 'touching' the proton and sitting on its surface?
Sep
20
accepted What would be likely to completely stop a subatomic particle assuming it was possible?
Sep
20
comment What would be likely to completely stop a subatomic particle assuming it was possible?
So what's stopping a ground state hydrogen electron from emitting that one last quanta as a photon and falling into the nucleus?
Sep
16
comment Lever Mechanics - How to formulate an ideal lever launch
Thanks a ton! I can work with this, with a few changes. First, I do not want the counterweight to hit the ground, that would cause way too much stress. The cradle that m sits in would be designed in such a way that it would leave the lever at a certain angle. Second, I don't require m to sit at the ground initially, I'd prefer a general $\theta_0$ to take it's place. Now, what I'm really desiring is a formula that starts $v_{launch} = $ and I can plug in everything else. What I really want is a 10kg mass to go 6 km/s, then to see how crazy my arm lengths and counterweight masses are.
Sep
15
comment Could the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle turn out to be false?
I, for one, would just like it clarified more explicitly and often that we're assuming QM to be correct, an assumption which itself assumes additional assumptions. Then the EPR 'Paradox' would read: {option 1 (local variables)} {option 2 (FTL information travel)} OR {QM is not correct}.
Sep
15
comment Could the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle turn out to be false?
Then why must it hold true for the entangled particles in the EPR Paradox? Why not say the measurement of one breaks the entanglement/waveform, or just that one can 'beat' the HUP this way? Instead we say 'no way, the HUP is OBVIOUSLY true, so therefore this is a PARADOX'.
Sep
15
comment Could we make a trebuchet that could launch objects to a stable orbit?
I'm well aware, but I just wanted to point out that we're not talking IMPOSSIBLE anymore, just really difficult/expensive. Even if it's 50%, then just use a 400,000kg weight. The point being - perhaps not out of our grasp for much longer!
Sep
15
comment Are the protons and neutrons in the nucleus arranged in any particular way?
The uncertainty principle doesn't ever 'not let us ask' any questions, as you can see here. Even if it did, proton/neutron arrangement isn't even nearly on that scale. A proton's RMS-charge diameter is $1.1*10^{20}$ times the plank length - 100 quintillion or 100 billion billion times the unit beyond which we can't measure.
Sep
15
comment What would be likely to completely stop a subatomic particle assuming it was possible?
How about "Waveforms may not model electrons under all conditions, and so there is potential for an electron having a definite momentum and position under certain conditions where waveforms don't model it perfectly?" To say waveforms are the only possible acceptable model for the electron deserves a certain amount of doubt. How about the EPR with two entangled particles - simultaneously measure the momentum of one and the position of the other. Is it not possible that upon measurement, they are not accurately modeled by a single waveform anymore?
Sep
15
revised Lever Mechanics - How to formulate an ideal lever launch
Corrected theta definition
Sep
15
comment Could we make a trebuchet that could launch objects to a stable orbit?
QuickLaunch, Inc has plans to do launches similar to this at 6 km/s with small shielded rockets that will fire to provide the remaining velocity and perform orbital insertion. This takes care of #1 and #2, at least for now. For #3, if we could get 100% efficiency, all I'd need is a 200,000kg mass dropping 91.8m to launch a 10kg mass to 6 km/s. Now, what machines will give me the best PE -> KE transfer?
Sep
15
comment Could the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle turn out to be false?
NO! I'm asking "How are we able to assert the unquestioning truthness of HUP in these areas?" Isn't HUP at best just the closest to what we observe when we can observe things? It should not be "True until debunked", just "Likely true for what we can observe so far." HUP far surpasses that level in its aspirations.
Sep
15
comment Could the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle turn out to be false?
"Accept it as true until it's debunked" is not scientific. "When a particle can be perfectly represented by a waveform and ONLY a waveform, then it cannot have definite momentum and position" is acceptable. Asserting the "When" is "Always and Forever" is not.
Sep
14
revised Could the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle turn out to be false?
Added clarification to question