# What exactly happens when the area is reduced? (forces & pressure)

From what I've learnt, the pressure increases when the area is reduced. Taking the high heels as an example, the tip of high heels have a really small surface area which result in high pressure. But, in which direction does the pressure acts on? Is pressure similar to force? When the area of an object is increased, the pressure is reduced because the pressure is shared? Pressure is defined as force acting perpendicularly on per unit area, what does force per unit area mean?

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But, in which direction does the pressure acts on?
Pressure is a scalar quantity. It does not have a direction.

Is pressure similar to force?
Similar how? I would say no, since one is a vector and the other a scalar.

When the area of an object is increased, the pressure is reduced because the pressure is shared?
More like force is shared over an area, loosely speaking.

Pressure is defined as force acting perpendicularly on per unit area, what does force per unit area mean?
It means just that - the amount of force that is acting on 1 square unit of Area.

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