Scientific wealth building secrets! - #5 - Inertia
This is a series of articles about studying general scientific ideas to create a wealth building system that works according to the laws of the Universe. These concepts come from observing our environment. Scientists have discovered that the laws of nature follow certain patterns. Some physical laws seem to be present everywhere, from the tiny atoms to the enormous stars. Everything on the physical realm tends to be influenced by these laws, therefore they can be applied to your businesses too as you will see in just a few minutes. The whole series contain the following articles .
1. Entropy 2. Life 3.
Multiplication 4. Synergism 5. Inertia 6. Gravity 7. Diversification On this article I will share information with you about inertia. You can apply this scientific principle to your business. In simple words inertia is the tendency of bodies at rest to remain at rest, and bodies in motion to remain in motion unless acted upon by an external force. A spinning wheel for example, would keep moving indefinitely if it wouldn’t face opposition by outside forces. Friction is a very common force that usually act upon moving objects. All machines will encounter friction of some sort.
This will decrease the speed of the object over time. To increase the speed of an object you will have to increase the force applied to that object, which will require more energy. For example, to move a body from 0 miles/hour to 50 miles/hour some positive acceleration will have to occur. If the force applied to the body is bigger than the friction it experiences, then the body will keep moving. If the force applied is smaller than the friction it experiences, then it will decelerate and eventually stop. If you want to keep increasing the speed of a body indefinitely you will need to exponentially increase the amount of energy used to move it. The reason is that mass increases with speed. The faster a body moves, the heavier it becomes and the more energy it requires to keep accelerating (increasing its speed). That’s why you can’t travel at the speed of light. It would take infinite energy for a massive object to travel at the speed of light.
Even very light particles can travel only close to c when accelerated in nuclear reactors, but not at c. As you can see it takes a lot of energy to accelerate an object from a rest state to very high speed. You will need more and more energy due to the fact described above. Furthermore, some energy will be lost due to entropy. Then once you have an object moving at a desired speed, you will have to keep adding energy to overcome friction, but you won’t need to exponentially increase the amount of energy used to move it around unless you want to further accelerate it. This is common sense. It takes much more energy and effort to move an object from a resting state to fast moving speed, than to keep its speed once it is already moving. For example, if a body is moving at 50 miles/ hour it will tend to keep moving due to inertia. Friction and other external forces can act upon the body, decelerate it and eventually stop it. Then if you only want to keep the body moving at 50 miles/hour, you will need to add energy just to overcome friction and other external forces.
It usually takes less energy to do this than to accelerate the body from 0 to 50 miles/hour. This is one of the reasons why cars spend more gasoline within a city than in a highway. Cars accelerate and decelerate many times within a city, while in a highway they keep an average constant speed. Now, how can we apply this scientific concept to the business world? We can do this in at least three different ways. Let’s start with motion. We humans are supposed to be in motion. If you don’t own a business, don’t work for yourself or you are not financially free, then the tendency will be to stay like that. It will take considerable energy and efforts for you to establish your own businesses. The more money you want to make and the more successful you want to become, the more energy (will power, resources, skills, time invested, etc) you will need to realize your project.