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Old May 12 2009, 06:48 AM   #156
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Re: Another take on the Original Enterprise...

Cary L. Brown wrote: View Post
Which is just fine if you don't call it "impulse." Because the word "impulse" is a real, technical term with a real, established meaning.
I know. But the way Trek uses it is just dumb.

Cary L. Brown wrote: View Post
An impulse is a force applied over time. It's inherently a Newtonian term. It is utterly fundamental to all mechanics. If someone's talking about this and isn't familiar with the term, they should read up on it.
Of course, As Laurence Krauss pointed out in "The Physics of Star Trek," the way "impulse" is used in Trek would more properly be called "thrust," since (if I'm remembering the chapter properly) they sacrifice building force over time for quick acceleration. So, you know, Trek strikes out again...
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