A1_3 The Penny's Dropped

Joshua Wynn, Peter Edwards, Liam Allen

Abstract


This paper investigates the common myth of whether dropping a penny from the top of the empire state building could kill a person that it hits at the bottom. The paper deals with a standard sterling penny dropped from the 102nd floor of the empire state building at 381m above ground level. The penny would not be able to reach a sufficient speed to kill or badly injure anybody walking below but would certainly be painful. 


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