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Atmospheric pressure on a book lying on a table

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What is total downward atmospheric force on the top of a 0.21 m by 0.26 m book lying on a table? Why doesn't this force break the table?

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If the bottom surface of the book touches the surface of the table perfectly, then the downward atmospheric force on the book = Patm * Surface area of the book.

P atm = 10^5 N/m^2
Area = 0.21*0.26 m^2

Atm force = 10^5 * 0.21*0.26 N = 5460 ...

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