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Homework Help: Question on force

  1. Sep 16, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Let's say there are two objects, Object A and Object B...

    -Object A weighs a little less than Object B
    -Object A has significantly more surface area than Object B
    -Both Object A and Object B are supported by identical structures

    What I want to know, is which object creates more force (or is it pressure?) on the structure? If the weights are given, how can I calculate this so I know which one applies more force?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    This is not a homework assignment. Just seeking the knowledge.
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  3. Sep 16, 2011 #2

    Doc Al

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    You must distinguish between the force exerted, which will equal the weight of the object, with the pressure created. Pressure = force per unit area.
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