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A physics grad student is learning to perform a pressure demonstration where he will stand on a bed of nails while carrying a heavy object. Because he is worried about the pain, he would like to decrease the amount of pressure that will be exerted on his feet.

Which one of the following suggestions would decrease the amount of pressure on the student's feet?


Stand on one foot instead of two.


Carry a lighter object.


Spread the nails farther apart.


Jump onto the nails instead of simply stepping onto them.

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