What is the shortest distance between two objects?

India
February 2, 2010 9:58am CST
its zero when the objects are touching each other...What will be distance if its nt touching?
3 responses
• India
2 Mar 10
Hi, Yes, but that depends on the object. The shortest distance will always be the length of the line joining the closest point on the contours of those two objects. Shortest distance is always a straight line. So if point A on object 'a' is the closest to object 'b' and point B on object 'b' is the closest to object A, then the straight line joining AB will have the length equal to the shortest distance between those two objects. God bless you
@Rallon (442)
• United States
2 Feb 10
According to traditional thinking, a straight line will always be the shortest distance between two objects. However, some physicists believe there is an even shorter route. If one could fold space (the distance) in to, the to objects would be on top of themselves. Example: Take a piece of paper and draw two dots on opposite ends. Now fold the paper so as the dots are touching each other. In this scenario, a point is the shortest distance. What's weird about this is that in reality, it could probably be done. Space can be warped if the right amount of gravity is added. Unfortunately, that same gravity would rip a traveler to shreds. So for now, we're stuck with the straight line.
• United States
2 Feb 10
A straight line. This is one of those mathmatics questions that has always been discussed. Or as the old wives tale states the path that the crow flys. Meaning once again a straight line as they are not require to conform to contraints when soaring above the points.