The Ramblings of a Housecat

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Gravity (Muffin conundrum 1)



Miaiow dearest readers,

Today I'm starting my conundrum posts, which will be a regular feature (maybe, mew) on my blog. These are questions that have mystified even cats throughout the last 120 years.
Anyhoe, suppose I could dig a hole from the North Pole to the South pole and dropped a dumb dog in the abyss, what would happen (other that a visit from the R.S.P.C.A!)
I assume the dog would fall at first, reach terminal velocity, then speed up even move under the pull of the earth's gravity. But what would happen when Fido reached the centre of the Earth? would it stop? or would it continue past the centre of the Earth towards to the South Pole? Upon the assumption that as it moved further from the Earths centre, gravity would slow Fido down, and would reach a halt for a fraction of a second by appearing feet first at the South Pole, then the process begins again. Would Fido spend eternity repeating this journey? could this be perpetual motion?
Any comments from scientists welcomed, Chavs need not apply, mew, hiss!

Love and purrs,

Muffin-Willow xxx

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