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Homework Help: Pressure of a sting of mosquito

  1. Mar 26, 2017 #1
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    It seems like a simple question, with a simple equation, however, what is force of pressure of a sting of a mosquito on the human skin? Does it possible to evaluate, because I haven't found ANY required data, even though, I have a formula P=F/A
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  3. Mar 26, 2017 #2
    It sounds like a "back of the envelope" problem. Estimation! How much force do you think a mosquito is capable of? Why? How much area do you think it's pointy mouth acts on?
  4. Mar 26, 2017 #3


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    Does it ask for the force or the pressure?
  5. Mar 26, 2017 #4


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    There is a nice paper on the subject: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18779629

    Paywalled unfortunately. However if you google it hard enough you can find the full text. I don't want to post anything not appropriate here.
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