June 12, 2007

How long is a piece of string?

A saying regularly given as an answer to suggest it would be very difficult to give a reply of any useful value.

This got me thinking..
There must be a limit to just how long a piece of string can get.

“How long can a piece of string get?”

What is the maximum length a piece of string can be without it falling apart when picked up?

Any budding Textile Physicists who want to give it a try?


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  1. Chris May

    I don’t know how strong string is, but a rope like this one, which weighs 63g/meter and withstands a force of 8.7kN, could be just under 14KM long before it broke under it’s own weight. Of course, if you held it up in more than one place it could be longer…

    String would obviously not be as strong, but also would be much lighter, so you might be able to get just as long a piece of string.

    12 Jun 2007, 14:39

  2. Sup

    Around 1.729 miles according to my crude calculations.

    01 Jul 2007, 05:19


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