- So, we start with a Math problem that has practical value for "Indiana Jones" types wandering the globe. Go down to Math.
- Next, we consider Computer Science, which is in the TECHNOLOGY bailiwick. This could be an introduction to cryptography or an exercise in computer programming, whatever your interests. Scroll down to Technology.
- Now it's time for some Science, rocket science to be specific. This problem relates to classical physics and moving bodies in a gravity field. No need to consider Einstein or general relativity, we won't be moving that fast. Roll down to "Focus on Science".

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The current topic is rocket science, arguably a 'science' discipline. And within science, we specifically address

A rocket ship will be launched by Acme Rockets Inc. or was it AJAX Rockets, but funded by NASA, CIA, NSA, DIA, FBI, DOE, DEA, DNI, NGIA, NRO, DHSIA, USAF, NCIS, ATF, S.H.I.E.L.D., S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and C.A.O.S. with the goal of reaching the first LaGrangian Point L1 between Earth and Sun. The total weight of rocket ship and payload is one million pounds. The engine has been specially designed to produce two million pounds of thrust, remaining perfectly constant throughout the voyage until shut down manually. This phenominal performance is possible through advanced feedback control systems, chemistry of tachyons and dilithium crystals, and high performance computer technology.

As a bonus, just for management, compute the velocity of the rocket ship at its destination. Later, please consider removing most of the above assumptions and provide a "best judgement" answer. Show your work.

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10/9/2013: Intrepid explorer Professor Wexler
(www.wexClub.com)
was surprised as he stumbled on a partially buried pyramid while trekking
through the Sahara about 100 miles west of Giza. This hitherto unknown
pyramid had recently been blown mostly free of sand by the
sirocco
that haunts the area. Having only his bowie knife and his
surveyors chain in his
old kit bag, he did his best to obtain some measurements of this gigantic
find.

He wondered how tall this behemoth was, but had no scafolding to facilitate
this measurement. However, remembering some math from his days at
The Sorbonne, he figured he could calculate it. So, clearing away sand
from the base, he found it to be square. Staking one end of his
chain with his knife, he found the base to be a __perfect__ 4-sided square,
with a length shown below. Knowing that the height could be calculated
once the length of an edge, from one of the 4 corners to the sharp-pointed
top, could be found, and being nimble and a bit wiry, he staked his chain
at a corner and scrambled up to the top. The edge measurement is shown
below.

From the two measurements, he quickly calculated the vertical height
from ground level. If ** you** are the first to do
the same and post the answer (to 2 decimal digits) on the NOCCC Member's
Forum, you will win a free raffle ticket at the next main meeting. If you
want to include diagrams, compose a Word Doc and email to
webmaster@noccc.org.
The solution to this problem will be posted on the Member's Page in a month.

c is 800 feet (the base length) and b is 900 feet (an edge length);

calculate h

calculate h

The base of the pyramid is a perfect square, with a base length of c. The edge from a base corner to the top has a length of b. The vertical distance from ground level to top has a height of h.