Originally posted by ark13Ah, but supposing it had infinite elasticity.......
It would just keep eating until the snake is in a small ball, and can't eat anymore because it can't bend far enough. The snake starts out in a big circle. The circle gets smaller and smaller as he eats his tail. At some point the snake won't be able to eat anymore, because his body can't curl tighter. Remeber that his body has thickness.
Originally posted by SicilianNajdorfYou mean coil the rope up? I don't think that would be a great simulation. As the snake eats itself it will gain thickness, while the rope will gain in only one dimension. Intuitively it doesn't seem like the same kind of thing to me.
What I'm saying is pretend it has eaten itself by putting the eaten bit just under the eating bit , that makes sense , doesn't it ?