A1_2 Boxing Trees

Joseph Harrison, Natasha Carr, Ariella McCulloch, Joshua Whitaker


This paper looks into how a professional boxer could punch a tree down in the style of the video
game Minecraft, calculating forces required to do so and comparing them against the main character
from the game, Steve. Data from a range of average professional boxers gives a punch force
of 3450 N and this has been used to determine that it takes 826,000 punches to fell an English
Oak Tree, compared to Steves punch force of 1.1 GN. The JANKA hardness test has been used
to find the force and volume per punch removed from the tree and how many punches this would
take. Overall, it is concluded that a professional boxer would become exhausted before removing
a 1m high section of English Oak.

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