Posted by jessica on Monday, June 15, 2009 at 7:45pm.
Kong’s weight
1933—Stopmotion pioneer Willis O’Brien, who brought the giant gorilla to life, once guessed
Kong’s weight at a rather excessive 38 tons.
2005—8,000 pounds
In the 1933 movie, Kong was about 20 feet tall. In the
2005 version, he was 25 feet tall. Does the data on the
weight of Kong make sense for these heights? Explain.

math?  Reiny, Monday, June 15, 2009 at 9:07pm
makes sense.
Weight (mass) is a function of volume and volume of two similar shapes is directly proportional with the cubes of the sides.
Assuming the two gorillas were similar in shape, and assuming that the 2005 data was more accurate, then
weight33/weight05 = height33^3/height05^3
weight33/8000 = 20^3/25^3
weight33 = 4096 pounds
(did they use the 2005 data by using the data from a normal gorilla?
Wikipedia says adult males range in height from 165175 cm (5 ft 5 in – 5 ft 9 in), and in weight from 140–204.5 kg (310–450 lb)
let's say today's gorilla is 5.5 feet tall and weighs 380 pounds
is 380/4096 = 5.5^3/25^3 ?
LS = .0928
RS = .0106 WAY OFF )

Correction math?  Reiny, Monday, June 15, 2009 at 9:08pm
I meant to say
Makes NO sense,
as shown in the calculation.
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