Engineering Riddle – No. 2 (Physics) “You push on me, I push right back…”

From in a tube, a fire lit,
Great heat and flames, from end emit,
The force to make this fluid flow,
The same will make the engine go.
You push on me, I push right back,
You give a blow, I’ll give a smack,
What ever your force, there’s none I lack.
You push on me, I push right back.
When with paddle, a boat you row,
What on earth, makes you go?
The water and the paddle see,
I push on you, you push on me.
What am I?

About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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2 Responses to Engineering Riddle – No. 2 (Physics) “You push on me, I push right back…”

  1. Suzanne says:

    Is this the correct answer: Newton’s Third Law?

  2. Brent Wellman says:

    Newton’s Third Law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

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