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elvator fall physics

 
 
Reply Sun 8 Mar, 2009 11:54 pm
When you are in an elevator that is free falling, would it lessen the impact if you were able to cling to the side? Also, do the thickness and material of the bottom have an effect on the impact?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 9 Mar, 2009 01:00 am
@amygirl399,
What do you mean by cling to the side? And what do you mean by "lessen the impact"?

If you are looking at ways to mitigate the injury that's one thing, but if this is a physics question it's not very specific.

But here are some general resources. I've researched this in the past to debunk the "jump" theory, and the general consensus seems to say that lying on the floor is the best way to mitigate injury.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/worst_case_scenarios/1289266.html

http://science.howstuffworks.com/question730.htm
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