A teacher asks a student how he would measure the height of a very tall building using a barometer

A teacher asks a student how he would measure the height of a very tall building using a barometer

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Unformatted text preview: A teacher asks a student how he would measure the height of a very tall building using a barometer, evidently expecting to hear about the reduced air pressure being proportionate to the elevation .... The student replies: Tie the barometer to a long string, lower the string till the barometer touches the ground, measure the length of the string ! However, what follows is much more interesting: This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that the student was failed. The student appealed on the grounds that his answer was indisputably correct, and the university appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case. The arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did not display any noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve the problem it was decided to call the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer...
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2011 for the course MKTG 3710 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at North Texas.

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