Posted by: bkivey | 9 January 2010

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck: A multi-disciplinary approach

Bible Studies:

And the woodchuck DID chuck the wood, and the wood lay across the land, like unto the tribes of Israel. And the LORD GOD spake unto the woodchuck, and said: “Thou shalt chuck wood even as thy children and children’s children shall chuck wood. But thou shalt not chuck wood on the Sabbath, or I shall smite thee, and thy wood shall be unchucked.”

Engineering:

UPDATE: The formula images displayed correctly for the first couple of years: now the don’t. I don’t know why. They do display in edit mode. If you want to see the formulas, click on the image space.

Assume an ideal woodchuck. Determine how much wood a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood at both a constant and a variable rate.

Constant rate of chucking:

A woodchucks output is determined by the volume of wood chucked over a given time. For a constant rate of wood chucking, the output may be expressed as:

Variable rate of chucking:

If a woodchuck chucks a variable rate of wood per chuck, the output may be expressed as:

English:

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

A woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.

Film Studies:

How much wood could Chuck Norris chuck?

Chuck Norris doesn’t chuck wood: he stares at the wood and it chucks itself.

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