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Homework Help: Elastic Deformation through compression (stress)

  1. Nov 18, 2008 #1
    1. The total cross-sectional area of the load-bearing calcified portion of the two forearms bones (radius and ulna) is approximately 2.16cm^2. During a car crash, the forearm is slammed against the dashboard. Tha arm comes to rest from an initial speed of 81.9km/h in 7.72 s. If the arm has an effective mass of 1.88kg what is the compressional stress on the arm? Answer in units of Pa.

    2. Stress=F/A ,



    I assumed I could make it positive since the problem's context is in forward motion not retardation.


    =25.648.8677N/m^2= same in Pa.

    I feel like I put in the appropriate conversions and formulas but when I plug in the answer, I'm told I am wrong. Does it have to do with the fact that it mentions "two forearm bones" in the beginning? If it is, where do I half the cross sectional area?

    I hope I'm not too far off.
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  3. Nov 18, 2008 #2


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    Your method looks fine. Units are OK.

    Check the significant digits is about all I can suggest.

    Your concern about 2 cross sections should be allayed by the statement of total cross section.
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