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Q: 100 meter dash time of ZERO ( No Answer,   5 Comments )
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
There is no answer at this time.

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?

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