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Homework Assignment 01

# Homework Assignment 01

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Homework for book by the author Preliminaries For An Operational Psychohistory.
Homework for book by the author Preliminaries For An Operational Psychohistory.

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07/15/2011

Homework Assignment: Read “Preliminaries For An OperationalPsychohistory” and create a system of units based on a way of life.Explain its benefits.While in High School I worked on ranches bucking hay (rye andfescue) and throwing sheep and trimming their hooves, as well asrounding them up and catching them to be sheared. I will start withthe idea that a bale of hay is about 3 feet by 24 inches by 18inches. Therefore:3(12 inches)(24 inches)(18 inches) = 15,552 cubic inches (in^3)And we say:(one bale = 15,552 cubic inches)When a bale was opened, one could take it apart into flakes thatwere about 3 inches thick. Therefore:(3 inches)(24 inches)(18 inches) = 1,296 cubic inches (in^3)15,552/1,296 = 12 and we can therefore write(one bale = 12 flakes)When bucking hay one has to lift the bale about three feet off theground and set it down on a flatbed trailer about two and one half feet high. The bales weighed about 60 pounds each, give or take 10pounds, when rye and fescue. We will then call our units of energythe energy required to lift a 60-pound bale of hay three feet. (earthgravity is 32 ft/sec^2 or 9.8 m/sec^2. There are 2.20 lb/Kg and0.3048 meters/ foot. Therefore:

We use mgh (mass-gravity-height)(60 lb)(kg/2.20 lb)(9.8 m/s^2)(3 ft)(0.3048 m/ft) =244.39 Newton-meters = 244.39 JoulesTherefore(one buck = 244 Joules)We would after shearing sheep stuff the fleeces in a long burlapsack and take them to the feed store to be weighed, and cash in onthe price per pound. One could say on the average a fleeceweighed 12 pounds. Therefore my units of mass are(one fleece = 12 pounds)One could say working on a ranch their reach could be important. Imeasured the length of my arm to be from armpit to tip of thelongest finger about 2 feet two inches. In my system of units, I willround that to two feet and measure length in arms. Therefore(one arm = 2 feet = 24 inches)Benefits of my system are that energy (one buck) is related to thenatural strength of a young man. The arm is 24 inches, the bale hastwelve flakes; twelve is the most divisible number into wholenumbers for its size (called smallest abundant number). The 24inches are divisible two times evenly by the 12 inch foot. Themagic number 12 appears as well in the unit of mass called afleece. – Ian Beardsley July 14, 2011