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Monday, February 01, 2010

Chewing gum and helium experiment

There is a YouTube video about an experiment with gum and helium, creating a balloon that can lift a person.

Using the law of hydrostatics, the driving force must be at least equal (as can be seen in a certain part of the video) to the weight of the man with the balloon..


P = I

Replacing the weights by m g and knowing that clip_image002[6]


we have


The mass of the man will be


Substituting the values



we obtain


and we can drawing the graph mH = mH(R)


We have, for a mass exceeding 65 kg, the diameter of the balloon will be greater than 5 m.Therefore, by observing the video, is not the case.

The person has a high less than 2 m, the diameter of the ballon is much less than 2 m.


Ballon helium said...

Hi there,

In fact we can suppose 1m3 of helium
can raise up 1kg.

So if man weight 70kg, volume is approximatively 70m3 (same volume as a road truck)...

So it's really impossible

JAAG said...

Same conclusion different ways :)
Thanks for comment.
I visit your site but I don't understand French. Sorry

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