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johnnyFive  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Marble races are strangely compelling

I've been wondering that too. There's bound to be differences in weight/smoothness just because of manufacturing, but it's not generally enough to make one team totally dominant.

ThurberMingus  ·  57 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This is definitely a good enough excuse to keep spreadsheets of stats for this wonderful sport.

Probably not a good enough excuse to try to measure variation of imperfections in a bag of marbles.

There are some principals about inertia of rolling disks and spheres that I learned in a dynamics class and can't remember right now.

johnnyFive  ·  56 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I support the use of spreadsheets on most if not all occasions. I'll be curious to see what you come up with :D