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Homework Help: Is pulling easier?

  1. Apr 2, 2010 #1
    Why is it easier to pull an object instead of pushing it?

    Is it related to torque or toppling?
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  3. Apr 2, 2010 #2
    Is this a question you were asked to answer in class, or is this just your own observation?
    Just throwing it out there, but I find it easier to push things than to pull them.
  4. Apr 2, 2010 #3
    I would think it would depend on the shape of the object, and yes torque could come into play. It also depends on how the human body works. Are we more suited to pulling or pushing? I agree though pushing tends to work better.
  5. Apr 2, 2010 #4


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    Pulling the rope (with your hands), or pulling something in some kind of braces?
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