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You died of dysentry. Ressurection in 6 minutes. So...I got bored this evening. Understament of the year.. Imagine if they put the world in scale to Earth for a day..
Edited by Stagnome on 1/15/2011 8:41 PM PST

In lore Azeroth isn't so small. I remember some 4 years ago I saw someone calculate using the data of one of the books of how long it took to get in a zep from UC to grom'gol, and it was about the same distance as from Paris to Cape Town.

Now secondly... and this is a little offtopic, but being that you are a physics/math major (like me! =D), can you explain to me the point of limits in calculus? Like... the whole idea seems completely convoluted and pointless. Limits are originally taught using the delta/epsilon format to get you used to the mechanic. The equations used have obvious plugin's, so you can check your work. The point of limits is differentiation. Derivatives are defined in terms of limits (literally, f'(x) = Lim (h=>0) [f(x+h)  f(x)]/h). For example, the classic definitional example is f(x) = x^2 f'(x) = Lim (h=>0) [(x+h)^2  x^2]/h f'(x) = Lim (h=>0) [x^2 + 2xh + h^2  x^2]/h f'(x) = Lim (h=>0) [2xh + h^2]/h f'(x) = Lim (h=>0) [2x + h] f'(x) = 2x (because someone is going to point it out, it's technically 2xdx) Beyond that, limits help down the line for integration and for dealing with situations of infinity. For example, a classic le'hopital's rule problem: Lim (x=>1) (x^21)/(x+1) If you just plug it in, you get 0/0, which is an indeterminate form (ie. it can equal just about anything, depending on the equation it came from). To solve this, you differentiate the numerator and the denominator, then take the limit again: Lim (x=>1) 2x/1 Plug this in and you get the obvious answer 2. This wasn't possible to find from the original limit, nor does the point (1, 2) actually exist on the graph of the function (it's undefined), but 2 is what the function limits to at that point, so even though it's undefined, you can figure out what the function is doing at that point. This has an absolutely absurd amount of applications. Just think of limits as the natural predecessor to differentiation, which (along with its inverse integration) will be the defining point of most of the next 4 years or so of your mathematical experience.
Edited by Daelyn on 1/16/2011 12:44 PM PST


ummm this is cool and all but how about outland?

You sir, are a champion

Wow. That's a pretty freaking small planet. I don't even want to think of the population dynamics on a planet that has a circumference about as long as my weekly commute. :P population dynamics?? hehehe no one in Azeroth ever sleeps and i've only encountered about 5 people that actually own property... and 60 percent of the population dont have stable jobs yet manage to dish out gold and assorted treasures to every passing adventurer that brings them a book or something... imagine the rent on one of the 20 so stores that are actually IN orgrimar? the capital city of the horde? do you know how many homeless people live in Azeroth? OVER 11 MILLION!!!! all of us!!!!! why hasn't Garrosh done something to fix this!!!! forget the magic sword, i want food stamps for my daily quests!!! 
Nice thread...but believe me Blizz would NEVER be blinded by Science!!! 
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This is... AWESOME! 
Warriors and such would complain that they move to slow or Would you like it like minecraft where if you go in water with a certain type of armor you sink like a rock 

Actually it takes an hour to drive from one end of Rhode Island to the other....Azeroth is slightly larger.


Daelyn,
That is an awesome analysis. Had you considered that Azeroth may be something other than a planet? A few things to consider: 1) The Earthen Ring is worred that Deepholm will fall into Azeroth. Per our simple understanding of physics, it seems that Azeroth would fall into Deepholm, but that isn't the case according to our Shaman friends at the earthen ring. May lead to a theory that Azeroth is not an orb, or at least that we aren't on the outter surface of an orb. 2) No heavenly bodies exist in lore (at least none that I've encountered). All alien enemies originate from other planes rather. Sargeras, who's original plan was to destroy Azeroth, did not come from outer space, but instead came from other planes. In fact, he had been travelling between planes, destroying each, until he came to Azeroth where he was defeated. The Elemental planes connect similarly: with portals (or better, Rifts). 3) Look at the destruction of Outlands, a place that has recently been "destroyed" and we are simply viewing the after effect of said destruction. If the same rules apply to each plane, shouldn't the way that Outlands split and float in the ether tell us something about the physics of the place that can be applied to Azeroth. 
Now that you've let the cat out of the bag, Dark Helmet will swing by to steal our Atmosphere! 

actually us trolls are far more civilized and we simply teleport our poop to another dimension 
I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this or not, but in the northern hemisphere, the sun usually sets the Southwest.
I was watching the sunset from on top of Darn the other day and noticed it was to the NW which means that Darnasus would be in the southern hemisphere. If this is the case, why is it so cold in Northrend? Shouldn't that be towards the equator and not away? 
Actually it takes an hour to drive from one end of Rhode Island to the other....Azeroth is slightly larger. By estimated surface area, RI is slightly larger. However, keep in mind that flying from Quel'Danas to Booty Bay would be less than half of the distance around the globe of Azeroth, not equivalent to a cornertocorner trip across RI. I'm not sure if anyone mentioned this or not, but in the northern hemisphere, the sun usually sets the Southwest. Perhaps Azeroth has a much steeper axial tilt. Hmmm. No, that would require an axial tilt on the order of about 60°, which would actually mean that Darnassus would be in the arctic circle (probably would be anyway), which would mean there wouldn't be a sunset for a portion of the year. Given all of this, I'm forced to conclude that Azeroth is in fact not a sphere, but a flat plate of matter rotating at an angle to the sun. This would mean that Deepholm is infact a pustule bulging out the 'bottom'. Well, ok, it's possible that Azeroth is instead a flatbottomed mound shape, with the 'surface' being the flat side, and Deepholm being a cavern in the massive backside. Assuming this is a mound (modeled as a parabolic) and not a full hemisphere, that makes the calculations relatively easy. Assuming the world map is relatively accurate as far as scale of the seas goes, Azeroth is somewhere in the ballpark of 20x30 miles, for a total surface area of 600 square miles. Deepholm is roughly 1 mile deep toptobottom. The plate would likely have to be around 5 miles thick on average to maintain structural cohesion, giving us a total volume of around 3000 square miles, roughly 1.5 times our original estimate. This also gives a maximum thickness of ~10 miles. This does make gravity a bit stickier. Either Deepholm would have to have a noticeably more significant gravity (90% the radius, ~124% of gravity at the Maelstrom) and Exodar would have a noticeably less significant gravity (141% radius, 50% of Maelstrom gravity), indicating a massive node of matter in at the top of the mound, or gravity works completely differently in this realm. Assuming gravity is simply a unilateral downward force, this simplifies matters. There's still a number of questions with this model, however. Why do all the titan models show Azeroth as a sphere? Why does Azeroth appear to be one from Draenor? Hell, why can it be seen from Draenor at all? Why is Northrend so cold? Ok, on that last one, perhaps the plate is curved, with the majority of the landmass located deadon to the sun, while Northrend is curved away from it. That, or perhaps the presence of Ner'zhul, encased in his demonic ice torn from the bowels of the Twisting Nether, presented an abnormal chilling influence over the continent. This would also explain why the northern portions of both of the main continents don't show evidence of lower temperatures, and why the snow in Northrend tends to occur predominantly in the more central and northern portions of the continent. Then again, perhaps it's the fault of the mages, considering Dalaran is in nearly the exact center of the snowedin area. This would also explain why proximity to the Nexus caldera seems to also correlate to lowered temperature. Perhaps density of certain types of magic is the cause and not any unexpected geographic features. 
It may just be turtles all the way down...


Implying that he three continents (or possibly just large islands for that matter) make up all of Azeroth, and not just one hemisphere.

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