Force, Area & Pressure: Relationship & Applications


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1. A box with a weight of 650 N is sitting on the ground and the bottom of the box measures 0.5 m by 0.7 m. What is the pressure exerted by the box on the ground?

2. _____ is defined as the force exerted on a surface divided by the area over which that force acts.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these interactive study assessments to gauge how much you know about force, area and pressure. The questions on the quiz will cover topics like the difference between lying on a bed of nails and stepping on one nail and the force exerted on the ground by a given box.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be quizzed on:

  • The word for the force exerted on a surface divided by its area
  • How to calculate the force exerted on the ground by a person's shoes, given her weight and the shoes' surface area
  • Force exerted by a knife on a piece of bread

Skills Practiced

  • Practice problems - use acquired knowledge to solve force, area and pressure practice problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what we call a certain force divided by the area over which it acts
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about force in a different light

Additional Learning

You can learn more about calculating this force with the lesson named Force, Area & Pressure: Relationship & Applications. Follow along via these study points:

  • Example of different kinds of force when walking in the snow
  • Definitions of force and area
  • Unit of measurement known as Pascals (Pa)
  • What N stands for and means as a unit of measure