Posts Tagged ‘Weight’


King Kong Power Punch 2021 USA units

January 30, 2021

Metric version here.

Silverback Gorilla stats here

Human anatomy weight % here.

Speed info here

Impact times for boxers here

Power comparisons here.


King Kong Power Punch 2021 … Metric

January 30, 2021

USA units version here.

Silverback Gorilla stats here

Human anatomy weight % here.

Speed info here

Impact times for boxers here

Power comparisons here.


The Simple Math of Cheap Ice Cream & Why It Melts So Fast

July 19, 2019

Discovery Magazine: Home Made Ice Cream

More ice cream science: the scoop baking


Awesome Lego Maths and a Giant Lego Tree

July 28, 2018

You may not want Lego brick blossoms falling on your head,

but the Giant Lego Cherry Blossom tree has some awesome maths

to explore. See the tree built in fast forward below.


m+m maths 4: How many m+ms will kill my dog?

June 22, 2015

Maths topics 10

Mathspig m&m maths 7aa

mathspig m+m maths 7b

You can find more Death by Chocolate Maths here and here.


How to pig out and save the planet

January 2, 2015

Aussie physicist and TV present – that does sound like an oxymoron – Reuben Meerman (A meer man after all. Old joke) had an article published in the BJM (British Medical Journal) with Andrew Brown describing where fat goes when you lose it.

When you burn fat which is a triglyceride or a three-pronged hydrocarbon the formula is:

Picture 1

You breath out the FAT as CO2 and H2O.


Oxidizing 10 kilos of human fat requires inhaling 29 kilos of oxygen to produce 28 kilos of carbon dioxide and 11 kilos of water. You can check out how much carbon dioxide you add to the atmosphere when you diet in the following graph:

Picture 3

Mathspig Kilo carbon dioxide released per kg FAT

 Picture 3

When you lose weight you add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, but when you gain weight you take carbon dioxide out of the air. Your carbon footprint from Time for Change blog (See table below) can be neutralised if you put on the following weight:

Mathpig Carbon Footprint by pig out


Picture 3


We can Pig Out and Save the Planet:

Pig Out Australia 2


Picture 3

Pig Out UK 2


Picture 3


Pig Out USA


Picture 3


2. How far do you have to walk to walk off 1 kg of fat?

September 30, 2014

Man vs mini 4a


In Biodiesel

Consumed walking

In FAT including Human Fat


6. Clean Up Mega Messes

September 18, 2013


32 people died when the Costa Concordia ran aground in a protected marine park off the coast of Italy. The $US800 million salvage operation to remove the Costa Concordia needs lots of maths.

It is the biggest salvage operation ever undertaken in seafaring history.

THIS IS THE PROBLEM. It is a one off project and the engineers have to hope they get the maths right.

Here’s the plan:

Here are the maths problems:

Problem 1:

Problem 1

The ship, which is 290 meters (951 feet) long and 36 meters (118 feet) wide, is on its side and full of seawater. It has a displacement of 50,000 metric tons plus the weight of the water inside that, at a guess, could weight 30,000 metric ton. This is a BIG problem. Normal salvage methods cannot be used.To give you an idea of the scale:

50,000 metric ton = 50,000,000 kg

1 London Double Decker Bus = 8,000 kg (Empty) or 12,000 kg full

according to the BBC

The wt of a half-full London = 10,000 kg

 1 Costa Concordia = 5,000 London Buses

red busred busred bus
red busred busred bus

Now add the water.The salvage operation must lift the equivalent, maybe, of 8,000 London Buses.


Problem 2:

Problem 2

The ship is resting on a seabed that slopes at an angle of 200.

Simply winching the ship upright would have it roll down the slope. A horizontal platform must be built that can take the 50,000 metric ton plus load.


 Problem 3:

problem 3a

The platform has to be built underwater. This will take 111 salvage divers working around the clock to secure the platform and attach cables to the ship.This steel platform weighs three times as much as the Eiffel Tower.

Problem 3

The total weight of the Eiffel Tour = 8,560,000 kg

The weight of the salvage platform = 26,000,000 kg

or 2,600 London Buses.



Problem 4:

The Costa Concordia must be winched onto the platform slowly. Too quickly it might topple off the platform.

As the  50,000 metric ton ship (plus the weight of trapped seawater) is winched upright the load on the winches decreases (See simplified diag below.) Think of picking up a chair off the floor.  As you rotate the chair upwards the load decreases to zero …. when the CENTRE OF GRAVITY  lies directly above the PIVOT POINT then gravity works with you and the chair drops with a thud to the floor.  Engineers cannot allow 50,000 plus  metric ton to drop with a thud. Winches must be carefully controlled. The winching operation took 19 hours.

Angles Costa Cordia


Problem 5:

problem 5

The Costa Concordia was winched upright on 17 Sept 2013. Floats must now be welded onto the damaged side of the ship. Once the ship is refloated it will be towed away to be broken it up for scrap metal. This will take 2 years.


The costa Concordia is floating again. On 27 July 2014 the crippled cruise ship arrived in Genoa, it’s final destination, where it will be broken up for scrap metal. The complex engineering feat to refloat the vessel proved successful.

From Newstalk 931

From Newstalk 931