On Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:45:08 -0500, Bob <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Hello, > >Have always been bothered by this. >Would appreciate it if someone could explain it for me. > >I know that what I am defining as the experiment is not practical in the >"real world," but let me define the following anyway, as the conditions: > >I have a few thousand "discs" >They are absolutely identical, down to the atomic level. >Each side has a thin coating of something; one side red, one side blue. > >The coatings are also identical; same thickness, absorbency, etc. > >So the resultant coins are absolutely identical. >In every way. > >I now have a mechanical gadget that flips each one, again identically. >Same velocity, momentum, etc., etc. imparted. >Absolutely identical flipping motion imparted for each one. > >There are no outside influences, other than gravity. >No air currents, solar wind or pressure, etc. >Nothing. > >Will I see the typical 50 % - 50 % split ? >(For this case by colors,rather than heads/tails) > >Why ?
I assume that they would all /fall/ exactly the same, so the only uncontrolled factor would be which side started out "up". Is that 50-50?
I used to be able to flip a quarter and get 15 heads in a row, based on "identical motions". That was back when I had the nervous habit of flipping a coin and flipped one at least dozens of times a day.
> >e.g., must there be "some" incremental outside influence, or...?