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Q & A: Distribution of Weight

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
explain weight distribution
- luke (age 8)
los olivos, ca
A:
Luke -

Something’s weight distribution has to do with how spread out it is. Weight distribution is very important for balance. Imagine that you are walking on a balance beam with your arms held tightly at your sides - it would probably be kind of hard to keep your balance since you’re likely to tip one way or the other. Your weight is not distributed very well. Now imagine that you are walking on the balance beam with both of your arms held straight out to the sides. Now it is much easier to balance because you can quickly move your arms to redistribute the weight.

-Tamara (mods mw)

(published on 10/22/2007)

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