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Physics of Planting a flower


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Now it may seem like I am running out of ideas but planting a flower incorporates an important physics concept. When removing a flower from its packaging, a proper amount of force must be applied. If too much force is applied when removing a flower from its packaging, then it will therefore accelerate too much and the roots at the bottom of the package will separate, killing the innocent flower. When actually planting the flower, after digging an appropriate sized hole, you don’t need to shove it into the ground. By gently placing the flower into the subsequent hole and covering the surface with dirt is the first step to execute. Secondly, a firm yet gentle pressure must be applied to pack the soil down on top of the flower so the roots and stem are secured. If too much pressure is applied on such a small area, it will experience a greater force, thus accelerating into the ground more and crushing the roots. The stem will therefore become unstable and fall over. The flower will then shrivel up shortly after. In gardening, a lot of finesse is required so as to not kill the flowers. These two equations (force equals pressure times area and net force equals mass times acceleration) show how and why too much applied will harm the flower.

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