Physics falls short for Farmers Insurance ad
I was flipping through my most recent copy of Wired magazine when I noticed this Farmer’s Insurance ad. At first glance, I was happy to see that they were using the metric system until I noticed that middle flight. Wait, the cow went a distance of 185 m/s?
Yes, this is just a silly ad. I should relax and let it slide. Right? Then again, the insurance business is all about numbers, units, and equations.
Speaking of equations, let’s take a look at those numbers again.
The cow is a projectile launched at 70 degrees off the horizontal with an initial velocity of 42 m/s.
Oh no. It’s not just a little slip on a label; all the distances are wrong too.
Zip over to the Wolfram Alpha site for the correct answers.
Looks like I’ll be saving this image for my physics students to investigate. I guess it is back to school for Farmers.