11-09-2010, 12:44 #1 thisisadamh Registered User     Join Date: Jul 2010 Posts: 622 Question What happens when the unstoppable force collides with the immovable object?
 11-09-2010, 12:49 #2 samhail Registered User     Join Date: Jun 2000 Posts: 2,635 at what sort of angle? unless it is at an exact 90deg to the surface it will ricochet off, right ?
 11-09-2010, 13:07 #3 thisisadamh Registered User     Join Date: Jul 2010 Posts: 622 the unstoppable force is coming towards the object at exactly 90 degrees
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 Originally Posted by thisisadamh What happens when the unstoppable force collides with the immovable object?
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 11-09-2010, 18:06 #5 Genghiz Cohen Registered User     Join Date: Nov 2005 Posts: 7,031 IT would fuse the atoms of the Object and the force could proceed right on through!
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 Originally Posted by thisisadamh What happens when the unstoppable force collides with the immovable object?
In most cases I believe a moderator relocates the thread from Physics to Philosophy.

An immovable object? In all reference frames? Would be a candidate for an absolute reference frame.

 12-09-2010, 21:53 #7 SOL Registered User   Join Date: Apr 2001 Posts: 1,142 I would say they pass right though each other, why does everything always have to collide? I would say this thread moves right to the philosophy boards, and that they are free to deal with it as they see fit...
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 12-09-2010, 22:07 #8 reverenddave Registered User     Join Date: Nov 2009 Posts: 774 The nature of the immovable object is that it can't be moved, and the nature of the unstoppable force is that it can't be stopped. So if they should meet they would form a new object with the nature of both entities. The nature of the new entity will be both immovable and unstoppable. OR By definition of Equilibrium and Newton’s 3 Laws there is no requirement that a force stop or a mass move in response to a force. (A mass can hang on a rope forever and nothing moves and there is tension (force) that never stops in the rope.) ''Force doesn't necessarily have to be in motion '' But then there is the word collide Last edited by reverenddave; 12-09-2010 at 22:14.
 25-09-2010, 17:02 #9 mcmoustache Registered User     Join Date: Nov 2009 Posts: 5,918 The unstoppable force can't be stopped so it keeps going. The immovable object can't be moved so it stays put. It's pretty straight forward really.
 25-09-2010, 18:19 #10 Torakx Registered User   Join Date: May 2009 Posts: 3,795 The action might create a new paradigm or new demension of space and time diverting the unstoppable force into another dimension
 25-09-2010, 20:18 #11 looksee Moderator   Join Date: Aug 2006 Posts: 19,959 Splat
 25-09-2010, 20:51 #12 Join Date: Apr 2010 Posts: 160 The unstoppable force stops and the immovable object moves. Qed.
 02-10-2010, 19:59 #13 Gary L Registered User   Join Date: Dec 2009 Posts: 205 I might be taking this too literally but i think its an oxymoron. An irresisteble force and an immovable object cant both exist.
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 Originally Posted by Gary L I might be taking this too literally but i think its an oxymoron. An irresisteble force and an immovable object cant both exist.
Agreed. How can any force be called irresistible if there is also an immovable object in existence? Then the force is not irresistible

 02-02-2011, 19:04 #15 Join Date: Jan 2011 Posts: 1,042 The immovable object would have to be the universe and the irresistable force would have to be all the energy in the universe. The force exists inside the universe and cannot leave it and object would exist around the energy and cannot contain it. The result: constant expansion.