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Energy in the punch

  1. Dec 25, 2003 #1


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    Anyone have an idea of how much energy is transfered to someone or something when someone punches them or it? I know this can vary a lot, but does anyone have any numbers? I came across one website that said something like the "average force of a focused Sieken (punch)" delivers 700 foot-pounds, whatever a Sieken punch is, I don't know. I came across another website that talked about some people who recorded the energy delivered to a punching bag by their boxing team. I wasn't familier with the units though, I think it was "1,064 pound impulses" from one of their guys.
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  3. Dec 26, 2003 #2
    It should be easy to measure, or estimate if you're familair with some common equipment. First, remember that
    [tex]E = \frac{1}{2}mv^2[/tex]
    Now, assume a punching bag of mass m hanging motionless being hit with a punch (and I'm thinking of one of those big cylindrical sand filled punching bags, not the small teardrop shaped ones). How fast is the bag moving after it's hit with a punch? That's all you need to know.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2003
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