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During a tornado, softer objects are driven through apparently harder objects

  1. Oct 6, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    During a tornado, softer objects are driven through apparently harder objects. How is this possible?


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    3. The attempt at a solution
    The harder objects have greater mass, and thus more inertia, so they are more difficult to move. Rather than move when the softer objects hit them, the harder object stays put and the softer objects go through.

    Is this correct?
     
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  3. Oct 6, 2009 #2

    Hurkyl

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    It's a hypothesis, and you have a (hand-waving) argument for it.

    But you should be suspicious -- it doesn't involve tornadoes at all. If correct, it would imply that "softer objects driven through apparently harder objects" under non-tornado conditions as well.
     
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