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What if gear 1 turns at the speed of light
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What if gear 1 turns at the speed of light
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Greeft: The other gear turns at the speed light too. One revolution at the speed of light on the left one is 2.5 revolutions at the speed of light on the second one.1284675724888
defeat: If it moves at the speed of light it turns into pure energy and no longer is a cog (gear). The instant it isn't a cog..the other cog doesn't matter..though, the second cog would have reached lightspeed before..etc and so on.1284675894358
Anonymous: Which part of it would be turning at the speed of light? The rotational speed is degrees/sec, not m/sec, and each point along thg the radius of the cog will be travelling at a slightly different speed than it's neighbour. If the teeth on the larger gear are generally reaching light speed, then the teeth on the smaller gear will reach lightspeed at about the same time.1284676239294
defeat: This is why the speed of light is improbable to achieve1284676407831
chrud: it melts!1284676411936
Anonymous: No, defeat, that's because of something else entirely - E=mc2 has little to do with the question presented here.1284676740330
Anonymous: Which part of gear 1 is moving at the speed of light? The inner part or the outer part?1284678206855
Anonymous: WHERE IS YOUR COG NOW?1284678259373
Anonymous: someone get Spaceley's Sprockets or Cogswell Cogs on the case...if the Jetsons can't answer this no one can!1284681719759
Anonymous: What if I shit in it while it's spinning at the speed of light?1284682417865
chrud: unhypothetically, it DOES melt from the heat of friction generated by the intermeshing cogs long before lightspeed. i farted...1284684501119
Flarp: Lightspeed can be traveled at. Acceleration to lightspeed is considered possible. The next question is obvious. I can't answer that one, though. And, there is no gear that could withstand the acceleration torgue, and friction, or even the centrivical force. Even trying this would be bad.1284703970630
Greeft: chrud and Flarp you are right, nothing could withstand the stresses, but if you deem this to be a thought experiment you can the say what might happen if a strong enough substance existed.1284710836541
Bongochops: This seems all very clever, but which gear is gear 1?1284714546221

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