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    A 75-Kg athlete does a single-hand handstand. If the area of the hand in contact with the floor is 125 cm2, what pressure is exerted on the floor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celia
    A 75-Kg athlete does a single-hand handstand. If the area of the hand in contact with the floor is 125 cm2, what pressure is exerted on the floor?
    The pressure is the force per unit area. If the mass of the athlete is 75\ \mathrm{kg}
    then the gravitational force on him is 75.g \mbox{ Newtons} \approx 750 \mbox{ N}. The area
    is 125 \mbox{ cm^2} \approx 0.0125 \mbox{ m^2}.

    Therefore the pressure on his hand is 750/0.0125 \mbox{ N/m^2} = 60000 \mbox{ Pascal}.

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