Force Distribution Hello, I have probably a fairly simple question about how force is distributed. If i were to have some type of setup where a hydraulic cylinder with a one inch rod was pushing down (say 50 lbs) onto a plate, or something of that sort, how would that force be distributed across the plate? Would it be localized to the area of the end of the one inch rod, or would it dissipate thru out the whole plate evenly? What if the plate was attached to the one inch rod pushing down 50 lbs; would the whole plate be pushing down 50lbs at every point on it? Thanks Guys!