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Think about this…..

FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE BEE?

FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLE BEE?

Question: Is it true that the laws of physics make it impossible for bumblebees to fly? They seem to be able to, in defiance of physics. Why?

Answer: It is true that a basic equation from aeronautics makes the flight of the bumblebee impossible. The equation relates the thrust required for an object to fly to its mass and the surface area of its wings. In the case of bees, this means the small animal would have to do an impossible amount of work to get airborne.

So how does the tireless bumblebee pull off the flying feat?

Well, the equation is flawed. It assumes that a stationary object rather than one with flapping wings is trying to fly. The bumblebee is not one to depend on a passing breeze to take flight, right? The power is in the flapping, and a little wind can only help.

Notation and published by Henry Sapiecha Feb 2009

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