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This Life Hack Will Help You Calculate How Far Women Throw Their Computers

This is trickier than you think!

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  1. Sophie is a senior manager at an accounting firm. A man asks her to fax a memo.

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    Sophie gently pushes her computer off the top of her 1.5-meter-tall desk. How long does it take for it to reach the ground?

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    1.3 seconds
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    0.55 seconds
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    Incorrect
    9.8 seconds
    Correct
    Incorrect
    3.8 seconds
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    0.55 seconds

    Given that gravity accelerates at a speed of 9.81 meters per second squared, it takes 0.55 seconds for Sophie's computer to tumble toward the ground.

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  2. Karen suggests an idea in a meeting. A man suggests the same idea louder and gets full credit for it.

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    Karen is 2 meters tall, and she drops her laptop from 2 meters above her head. How long does it take for her computer to reach the ground?

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    2.5 seconds
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    5.7 seconds
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    0.9 seconds
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    0.2 seconds
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    0.9 seconds

    Just like in Sophie's office, in Karen's office gravity accelerates at a speed of 9.81 meters per second squared. Therefore, it takes 0.9 seconds for Karen's computer to tumble toward the ground.

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  3. Melissa is walking to an interview for a vice chair position. A man on the street tells her to smile.

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    Melissa throws her computer in the air at an initial velocity of 15 meters per second. The speed of the laptop accelerates at 2 meters per second squared. After 8 seconds, the computer begins to plummet to the ground. How high did Melissa throw her computer?

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    250 meters
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    5 meters
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    184 meters
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    0 meters
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    184 meters

    By multiplying the initial velocity by the time it takes for Melissa's laptop to reach its zenith, then adding half of the laptop's acceleration multiplied by its travel time (squared), you will find that Melissa threw her computer 184 meters in the air.

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  4. Alice is studying for the MCAT. A man comes up to her in the library and tries to explain female anatomy to her.

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    Alice hurls her laptop at the bookshelf, which is 4 meters behind her. It takes the laptop 3 seconds to reach the bookshelf, and it accelerates at 5 meters per second squared. What was the initial velocity of the laptop she just chucked?

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    7.98 meters per second
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    3.24 meters per second
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    5.18 meters per second
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    6.17 meters per second
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    6.17 meters per second

    By squaring the time it took for Alice's computer to reach the bookshelf and multiplying it by the rate of acceleration, then halving that number and subtracting it from the distance between Alice and the bookshelf, you can divide that resulting number by the travel time to find that Alice's computer flies out of her hands at an initial velocity of 6.17 meters per second.

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  5. Abigail is working from home managing several social media accounts. A male Twitter egg sends Abigail an unsolicited photo of his nether regions.

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    Disgusted, Abigail drops her laptop and watches in horror as it takes 0.5 seconds to reach the ground. How far off the ground did she drop her laptop?

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    1.2 meters
    Correct
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    3.7 meters
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    0.6 meters
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    9.5 meters
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    1.2 meters

    To Abigail's dismay, gravity functions the same way it does in Karen's and Sophie's offices, so her computer falls 1.2 meters before hitting the ground.

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  6. Dianna is taking her lunch break in the park. A man in the distance comments on how hot she must be in her blazer, and suggests she remove it.

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    Dianna throws her computer across the park with an initial velocity of 50 meters per second. It takes 5 seconds for the laptop to hit a tree, 10 meters away. How fast does her computer accelerate before its screen cracks against the trunk of a giant oak?

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    20.7 meters per second squared
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    25.9 meters per second squared
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    16.8 meters per second squared
    Correct
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    19.2 meters per second squared
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    19.2 meters per second squared

    By multiplying the initial velocity by the time it takes for the laptop to crash into a tree, and then subtracting that number from the distance traveled and multiplying the resulting numeral by two, you can divide this number by the travel time (squared) to find the rate of acceleration, which is 19.2 meters per second squared.

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  7. Cathy and Todd have been working at the same company for the same amount of time. Despite both getting positive feedback in their performance reviews, Todd gets a promotion and Cathy doesn't.

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    Cathy goes into a field and flings her computer at a barn house 1,311 miles away. The computer travels at an initial velocity of 150 meters per second and it takes 30 seconds to reach its destination. How fast does the computer accelerate?

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    20.5 miles per second squared
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    32.7 miles per second squared
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    2.9 miles per second squared
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    Incorrect
    25.8 miles per second squared
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    2.9 miles per second squared

    By multiplying the initial velocity by the time it takes for the laptop to crash into a tree, and then subtracting that number from the distance traveled and multiplying the result by two, you can then divide this number by the travel time (squared) to find the rate of acceleration, which is 2.9 miles per second squared.

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  8. Victoria is on vacation in Malibu. A male co-worker sends her an email asking why the coffee pot is empty.

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    Victoria walks to the edge of the beach, and as the waves gently lap against her ankles, she drops her laptop into the water. The laptop tumbles through the air for 0.4 seconds before hitting the water. How far did her laptop fall before it hit the ocean?

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    2.3 meters
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    Incorrect
    0.78 meters
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    Incorrect
    0.3 meters
    Correct
    Incorrect
    0.8 meters
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    0.78 meters

    Gravity works the same in offices as it does at the beach, so Victoria's laptop falls 0.78 meters before it hits the water.

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