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Sunday, 7 March 2010

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Knew nothing

A scout troop from Blackpool set out to show Newton's law of motion in action.

According to the law, every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Although the example used in modern day science books would be alien to Sir Isaac, it is stated that if a pea is thrown from the back of a train carriage, the carriage will move a short distance forward, although the amount would be tiny, due to the mass of the pea and the train. Throwing a train from the back of a pea should move the pea an awful lot further, but that is an experiment for another day.

Armed with buckets of dried peas, all the scout troops from the Fylde area met on a train carriage near the tram terminus in Fleetwood.

"It's fairly straightforward," said Arthur "Clover" Garlic, leader of the 1.7th scout troop. "All three hundred scouts will be throwing peas off the back of the train, and we got our electronics badges by building a laser tape measure that can measure a distance of one pico-metre, which is pretty small.

"One of the scouts got his higher mathematics badge by creating a computer model of how far the train will move, and it should move 15 pico-metres, accounting for any wind."

After boarding the train, the scouts through the peas from the back of the train in a rain of green, only to discover that the train had moved in the same direction as the peas.

"That Newton knew nothing," said Garlic.

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