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Shockwaves and Pressure

  1. Jun 2, 2010 #1
    Is it possible to calculate the energy or velocity of a shock-wave needed to collapse a mass of, lets say 5kg.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 2, 2010 #2
    Not from the description of the problem as you've given it. It will take a lot less energy to compress a sponge than a rock. Also, you need to define what you mean by collapse. 5% contraction of volume? Compressed to the size of a proton? Etc.
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