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Describe E Equals MC Hammer Discussion here. Describe the discussion? Bring that up in your English class sometime.


Lawyerdude: It seems to me that this would be a good place to mention the equations in Final Fantasy VII that appear when Sephiroth does his Supernova attack. The equations appear too quickly to make any real sense of them, so I don't know if they're a solid example or an exception. Any thoughts on that?

  • Enlong: Well, I've got a youtube of the move, but frankly I'm not sure what some of those variables mean. Hey, anyone here know what U,S,R, and p mean, and why Sephie would be using them as they relate to electric flux? Dunno why he used Pi r squared, unless he's trying to calculate the mass of the sun he's about to blow up... The rest is just a little too small and blurry to make out.

Mega Troop X: Have you ever really looked at what that equation is telling you? Energy (in joules) equals mass (in kilograms) times the speed of light in a vacuum (299,792,458 meters/second), squared. Even samll amounts of matter thus have ridiculous amounts of potential energy. I actually plugged that into Excel, and learned that if a mas of 1 kilogram could be totally converted into energy, it could generate 1 kilowatt-hour of power for over 2 million years! Just...damn.


Po8:The equation behind the board in the illustration from White and Nerdy is actuallly a perfectly cromulent-looking piece of quantum mechanics. It appears to be the classic model of the hydrogen atom. The troper citing it claims it contains an error, but if so I think it is obscured by Weird Al's head in this photo—-at any rate, I can't spot it.


Me (one day I'm gonna sign up): Hey guys and girls... Am I the only one to know it's "Energy equals Mass by Speed Of Light squared", or "E=MC" is just a subtle joke I did not get? :Nope. Somebody changed e=mc^2 to e=mc(html token for superscript 2). After the next edit, the (html token for superscript 2) part changed to the literal superscript two character, then the next edit it vanished; at least that's what happened to me in the sandbox [edit- and here as well]. I'm changing it back.


What's with the anime picture? It's jarringly out of place and it's not even representative of anime - there are a grand total of three anime instances listed. Get rid of it.

Don 2/10; you got me to raise my eyebrows.