How much wood can woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A woodchuck would chuck wood if that woodchuck could actually chuck wood. Woodchucks, also known as ground hogs, do not eat wood.  Small garden plants yes, but big woody trees . . . no. Additionally if that woodchuck could actually chuck wood, its arms are too short to offer any kind of actual leverage.  A simple analysis of a third class lever explains why short arms don't achieve that much velocity.  They aren't travelling through a long enough distance to generate high amounts of momentum to transfer to the woodchuck's chucking ability. So it wouldn't chuck much wood.  Additionally, woodchucks hibernate during the winter, so its woodchucking season is shortened by as much as 4 months.  Fire the woodchuck, hire a beaver. 

kidak8500 | Student

A woodchuck would chuck all the wood that he could chuck if a woodchuck would chuck wood.