Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

The woman exerts more pressure and is more likely to dent a linoleum floor. Make a rough calculation. $$Pressure_{woman} = \frac{500 N}{5 cm^{2}} = 100 \frac{N}{cm^{2}}$$ $$Pressure_{elephant} = \frac{50000 N}{5000 cm^{2}} = 10 \frac{N}{cm^{2}}$$ Our approximation shows that the woman exerts about 10 times the pressure of the elephant on the floor.