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Karate Punch

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Homework Statement


I am working on a physics project about karate, and I want to know how fast I would have to punch to break a practice concrete slab.

I know that the slab requires 1900 newtons to break. I also know that my arm has an approximate mass of 8.4 kg. I also know that my arm is about 80 cm long, which is basically the distance my punch will travel.


Homework Equations



F = ma

The Attempt at a Solution



If I simply use F = ma, it tells me that I must punch at 226 m/s to break the concrete...that doesn't seem right to be. I know I'm probably oversimplifying the problem...could someone point me in the right direction?
 

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mgb_phys
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It's not just the mass of the hand/arm if there is muscle power behind it at impact
I think you might have to consider the area of the impact, the concrete has a maximum stress (force/area=pressure) that might be more important than the ulitmate load
 

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