Math That I Can’t Do

A Backhoe weighing 8 tons is on top of a flatbed trailer and heading east on Interstate 70 near Hays, Kansas. The extended shovel arm is made of hardened refined steel and the approaching overpass is made of commercial-grade concrete, reinforced with 1 1/2 inch steel rebar spaced at vertical 6 inch intervals in a criss-cross pattern layered at 1 foot spacing.

Solve: When the shovel arm hits the overpass, how fast do you have to be going to slice the bridge in half? Assume no effect for headwind and no braking by the driver.

Extra Credit: Solve for the time and distance required for the entire rig to come to a complete stop after hitting the overpass at the speed calculated above.? Yes, you can neglect friction.

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  1. Allison
    Allison says:

    Answer: two Budweisers before the driver left, one on the way to the porn shop, then two more after he left

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