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An Elephant Weighing 40,000 N Stands on One Foot of Area 1000 Cm2 Whereas a Girl Weighing 400 N is Standing on One ‘Stiletto’ Heel of Area 1 Cm2. - Science

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An elephant weighing 40,000 N stands on one foot of area 1000 cm2 whereas a girl weighing 400 N is standing on one ‘stiletto’ heel of area 1 cm2.
Which of the two exerts larger pressure on the ground : elephant or girl?

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The girl standing on stiletto heel would exert larger pressure on the ground because the surface area covered by the heel is small as pressure is inversely proportional to the surface area of the heel.

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Lakhmir Singh Science Class 9 Physics
Chapter 3 Gravitation
Long Answers | Q 61.4 | Page 126
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