Feb 072013

One question I often get about the Intermediate level goes something like this:

How do I keep from getting shot by the lasers?

The answer is that you can’t avoid it. The lasers will always get you. The trick is to negate the effect of getting shot by the lasers.

The reason why getting shot by the laser produces bad consequences is because it happens asymmetrically. One leg gets shot off first, then the other. We’ll discuss the physics behind this later in the semester. But if you have symmetric thrust on while the body is asymmetric, the spuCraft will begin to rotate. Yikes.

If you keep the thrust off while the body is asymmetric, you’ll be OK.

Perhaps you can start thinking about why.

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