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RE: FW: Dinosaur Weights
I guess it is a matter of approximation. We say the density of water is 1
gram to 1 cubic centimeter. I suspect that it is true until you reach the
cubic meter size and above. I don't know in which direction (without looking
it up somewhere) the discrepancy lies. This is sort of like "E=mc2" - which
is true, but not precise in all instances. The more complete version of the
formula is "E=mc2 + m2c4" [in case this doesn't pass through the email
correctly - the first formula is E = m c (squared) and the second formula is E
= m c (squared) plus m (squared) c (to the fourth)]. The lesser terms tend to
fall out of the formulas because they are usually unimportant to the task at
hand. On occasion, it does matter. Some scientists like to speak as
precisely as possible, so they will remind you that this number is not exact.
Just as I wish some paleontologists would say that "This is what I think the
dinosaurs were like" vs. "This is what the dinosaurs were like"!!!
Sent: Saturday, August 23, 1997 12:08 PM
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Subject: Re: FW: Dinosaur Weights
In a message dated 97-08-23 07:09:31 EDT, EDELS@classic.msn.com (Allan )
<< "Most animals have about the same density as water."
This is about 1000 kilograms per cubic meter. >>
By definition, it should be exactly 1000 kg/m^3. But it's not. Anybody out
there know why not? I've been wondering for years.