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Explaining the Floor: Physics of one of the Wackiest (Pun entirely intended) gimmicks in Sonic the Hedgehog history

Shiny Gems

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Hello there, Sonic fans. Today, I would like to talk about a very random topic, one that applies physics to something in the Sonic universe. I know this is fiction and thus physics may not be applicable, but I have seen many of "The Science/Physics of" articles including one for Sonic the Hedgehog, and I thought I'd try something like this for something Sonic related. No math will be involved, by the way.

In this case, we are going to be talking about a rather infamous example, which happens to be...

The bouncy floor from Wacky Workbench from Sonic CD.

That's right!

So, what makes the floor bouncy? Let me describe it to you.

Now, to describe this, we will be taking two things into account; Applied Force and Normal Force. Applied Force is a force exerted on something, like a Tennis racquet hitting a Tennis ball. Now, the Normal Force is not what it appears to be, unless you read the right definition. "Normal" can mean perpendicular, and Normal Force is a perpendicular force, in this case, perpendicular to the floor from Wacky Workbench.

Now, here is more to it; both Normal Force and Applied Force are phenomena that are under something in physics: The Electromagnetic Force. The Electromagnetic Force is one of the four fundamental forces of the universe; the others being Gravity, Strong Nuclear Force and Weak Nuclear Force. It is responsible for other forces too, like adhesion, and has to do with electrons. You know how a bouncing rubber ball bounces off of a surface, mainly a hard one? That is because of Electromagnetic Force, specifically the negative charge of electrons, or subatomic particles that partly make up the atomic structure of a macroscopic object; in this case, the surface and the ball; the negative charge of the electrons of both objects causing a repulsion force that causes the bouncing of the rubber ball as it hits the surface.

Unrelated side note: We don't actually touch objects in reality, all because of the repulsion force as described above. What really happens is that the electrons of our bodies are being repelled by the electrons of the surface of the things we touch, which is sent to our brains and interpreted as touch. Crazy, huh?

Anyway, back to the main subject: Now, the floor in Wacky Workbench does not always send Sonic upward when he stands on it, as it may take a moment before that happens. When it is not doing that,Normal Force is exerted between Sonic and the floor, and Normal Force is what keeps Sonic, and us in real life, from sinking through the surface like the ground. Now, the floor seems to be electrically powered, and is thus capable of using Electromagnetic Forces. When the floor sends Sonic upward, it must be having a sudden surge of electromagnetic power and thus a high Applied Force in it, and since the floor does send Sonic high up when he normally touches it.

With height and all, that is how the floor would supposedly have worked in Wacky Workbench in Sonic CD.

Another thing to not that Normal Force and Applied Force, being Electromagnetic Force phenomena, are what allows Sonic to run, jump and even destroy badniks!

That is all that has to be said about the subject here.

I know not many are into physics, but for those who have read this, what do you think?

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I may have been against physics before, but this makes it sound better! You should keep doing this!

maybe a blog?

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Perhaps I will make it into a blog when I can. Thanks!

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That's a Tails-approved explanation!:chuckle: I am not the biggest fan of physics, but I am a science nerd! Amazing explanation, @Shiny Gems!

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This Is better than any episode of game theory!

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