Interesting Esoterica

How far can Tarzan jump?

Article by Shima, Hiroyuki
  • Published in 2012
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The tree-based rope swing is a popular recreation facility, often installed in outdoor areas, giving pleasure to thrill-seekers. In the setting, one drops down from a high platform, hanging from a rope, then swings at a great speed like "Tarzan", and finally jumps ahead to land on the ground. The question now arises: How far can Tarzan jump by the swing? In this article, I present an introductory analysis of the Tarzan swing mechanics, a big pendulum-like swing with Tarzan himself attached as weight. The analysis enables determination of how farther forward Tarzan can jump using a given swing apparatus. The discussion is based on elementary mechanics and, therefore, expected to provide rich opportunities for investigations using analytic and numerical methods.

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arxivId
1208.4355
pages
8

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@article{Shima2012,
	abstract = {The tree-based rope swing is a popular recreation facility, often installed in outdoor areas, giving pleasure to thrill-seekers. In the setting, one drops down from a high platform, hanging from a rope, then swings at a great speed like "Tarzan", and finally jumps ahead to land on the ground. The question now arises: How far can Tarzan jump by the swing? In this article, I present an introductory analysis of the Tarzan swing mechanics, a big pendulum-like swing with Tarzan himself attached as weight. The analysis enables determination of how farther forward Tarzan can jump using a given swing apparatus. The discussion is based on elementary mechanics and, therefore, expected to provide rich opportunities for investigations using analytic and numerical methods.},
	archivePrefix = {arXiv},
	arxivId = {1208.4355},
	author = {Shima, Hiroyuki},
	eprint = {1208.4355},
	month = {aug},
	pages = 8,
	title = {How far can Tarzan jump?},
	url = {http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.4355 http://arxiv.org/pdf/1208.4355v1},
	year = 2012,
	primaryClass = {physics.pop-ph},
	urldate = {2012-09-02}
}