- 07 Mar '05 11:30what's the msot ingenious method of finding square roots that you have come accross?

if you take a pendulum and measure the time for x swings, then half the length and measure the time for x swings, then divide the first time by the second - you have 3^(1/2) ! (that's an exclamation mark, not a factorial by the way...)

to find root 3, third the length, root 4 quater it etc...! although it only works accuratly without dampening i think...anwyay, anyone got any more random ways?... - 07 Mar '05 12:27 / 1 edit

Wow. That is amazing.*Originally posted by genius***what's the msot ingenious method of finding square roots that you have come accross?**

if you take a pendulum and measure the time for x swings, then half the length and measure the time for x swings, then divide the first time by the seco ...[text shortened]... ut dampening i think...anwyay, anyone got any more random ways?...

The only one I can think of is by measuring the long side of an isosceles right triangle. - 07 Mar '05 14:08

This sounds like a lot of tree climbing*Originally posted by THUDandBLUNDER***Typo alert!**

Do we need a pendulum (whose accuracy depends on theta)?

Drop an apple from a tree.

Drop it again from a another tree twice as big/small.

Divide one time by the other.

(Of course, wind resistance will be a factor.)

- 22 Mar '05 23:27

Do the trees have square roots?*Originally posted by THUDandBLUNDER***Typo alert!**

Do we need a pendulum (whose accuracy depends on theta)?

Drop an apple from a tree.

Drop it again from another tree twice as big/small.

Divide one time by the other.

(Of course, wind resistance will be a factor.)