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 Subject: 100 meter dash time of ZERO Category: Sports and Recreation > Outdoors Asked by: cruzan1-ga List Price: \$2.00 Posted: 01 Sep 2006 13:09 PDT Expires: 01 Oct 2006 13:09 PDT Question ID: 761461
 ```How many years would it take to reach (or come close to) a time of 0 in the 100 meter dash? or any other race for that matter. A pretty rediculous question. I know. Here are the figures I have for the 100 meter dash. I'm not taking into account steriods, just the best times over the years. Seconds Year 12 1896 10.8 1900 10.6 1924 10.3 1932 10.2 1960 10 1964 9.9 1968 9.84 1996```
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 Subject: Re: 100 meter dash time of ZERO From: tutuzdad-ga on 01 Sep 2006 14:17 PDT
 ```According to your records it appears than runners achieve a 2.16 second faster rate of speed every 100 years. based on this average historical increase alone and assuming it will be consistent, and calculating that increase from the slowest rate of 12 seconds, it would seem that it would take approximately 500.5 years (from 1896) before a runner could ever hope to run the 100 meter dash instantaneously . What's more interesting is what we might expect in 600 years? Kinda makes you go "Hmmm?", doesn't it? How's that for an answer?```
 Subject: Re: 100 meter dash time of ZERO From: pafalafa-ga on 01 Sep 2006 14:18 PDT
 `You know...I was getting *so* close, until I blew out my knee...`
 Subject: Re: 100 meter dash time of ZERO From: thither-ga on 01 Sep 2006 19:38 PDT
 ```If you were to plot this data on a graph, I think you'd get a curve similar to 1/x (not approaching zero though). I tend to think the implication is that decreases in record time will come in smaller increments across greater and greater time spans, i.e. eventually bottoming out somewhere in the 9 second range. Have a good day.```
 Subject: Re: 100 meter dash time of ZERO From: tortoise-ga on 03 Sep 2006 09:38 PDT
 ```Well school Physics tells you that you can't travel further than 300 000 000 m/s, so there for one would have to assume that the minimum time is going to be 0.015 s. But given that this would require you to blow up the universe to accieve this speed (needs infinate energy), then there isn't going to be a 100 m to travel in. In short unless you plan on bending some laws of physics, about 9 s is as close as you can get on legs.```
 Subject: Re: 100 meter dash time of ZERO From: canadianhelper-ga on 04 Sep 2006 22:03 PDT
 ```I thought you could never get to zero because the process of measuring zero takes longer than zero time?```