What's an alternator?

What's an alternator?
Generates electricity off the engine power, charges the battery. What do Americans call it?

The thing that starts the engine. Coils of metal and stuff, like a big capacitor..maybe.

It's usually cyclindrical.

Coils of metal

Well, no..

On the right hand side. Number 8.. All those sticky out bits have coils of wire wrapped around them.
Like the pickup on a guitar.

I cannot list all the ideas I ever had because I have a poor memory, but I can name a few.

1) Prime Spiral. However, a week after I discovered this, someone did it in the 60s in a meeting when he was bored. Oddly, I did the same thing in a classroom when I was bored.

2) Arithetic function for the summation 1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + .. + 1/n. I don't have it anymore, but when I feel like it I will derive it again. It had a few square roots in it.

3) A magnet system for ensuring one does not run over nails and get another flat tire. I thought of this after getting my 4/5th flat tire within 1 year because of nails and staples from staple guns.

4) I'll post more as I remember.

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A magnet system for ensuring one does not run over nails and get another flat tire. I thought of this after getting my 4/5th flat tire within 1 year because of nails and staples from staple guns.
Only you would get a fraction of a flat tire.

Only you would get a fraction of a flat tire.

Haha, yes. I lost count after a while. I must be confusing numbers now.

I cannot list all the ideas I ever had because I have a poor memory, but I can name a few.

1) Prime Spiral. However, a week after I discovered this, someone did it in the 60s in a meeting when he was bored. Oddly, I did the same thing in a classroom when I was bored.

2) Arithetic function for the summation 1 + 1/2 + 1/3 + .. + 1/n. I don't have it anymore, but when I feel like it I will derive it again. It had a few square roots in it.

3) A magnet system for ensuring one does not run over nails and get another flat tire. I thought of this after getting my 4/5th flat tire within 1 year because of nails and staples from staple guns.

4) I'll post more as I remember.

Damn. I thought you were smart but I never took you to be that smart. Mad respect.

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Generates electricity off the engine power, charges the battery. What do Americans call it?
No, that's not what I was talking about. What I was talking about would be attached to the tires and would generate power by tapping into the energy of the tires turning. Kinda like a wind power plant...

No, that's not what I was talking about. What I was talking about would be attached to the tires and would generate power by tapping into the energy of the tires turning. Kinda like a wind power plant...

hybrid cars are allready doing it. Theres no point of generating power when accelerating, but they are reloading batteries from breaking force.

Damn. I thought you were smart but I never took you to be that smart. Mad respect.

Detroit WHAT?

Right.

1) Use a regular engine to start car.
2) Once the tires are rolling, switch to the turbines in the tires!
Those turbines would convert the energy from the tires turning and that energy would be used to run the car. So basically, the car is powered by its own movement- free energy!!!!

I actually thought of this idea years ago. However, it will take energy to get the tires to keep moving since this turbine provides resistance. Plus, you still have energy loss through heat.

To add to my list.. when I figured out number 2 on the list, I discovered Euler's gamma constant on my own (It's the constant derived from (1 + 1/2 + ... + 1/n - ln(n) as n -> infinity.

My equation was accurate to 2 decimals for n = 2. Fucking hell.. if I could only remember it.

It went something like sqrt(ax^2 + bx)/sqrt(2x + c).. I think.

No, that's not what I was talking about. What I was talking about would be attached to the tires and would generate power by tapping into the energy of the tires turning. Kinda like a wind power plant...

Hybrid cars have them. They're actually the breaks. When you break, they employ "turbines" which capture some of the kinetic energy and convert it to chemical (the battery).

Nice collection spurious. Perhaps I should start something like that.

I remember the first time I heard people were selling virtual items on eBay.

"A Windforce hydra bow is going for how much?" "300 hundred dollars?"

And that's when I decided I wanted to use videogames as economic models.

Turns out someone's been doing that since 2004 with Everquest. He recently got a MacArthur genuis grant to continue researching fake economies.

Bastard.

Mostly the re-discovery of major philosophical ideas by myself. I also found a few mathematical oddities alone, but I've never had any truly original ideas...