Translational physics would dictate that any force applied most directly to a true surface would result in a large shift of energy thusly translated to said surface. The surface thus acted upon, would incur a translation of energy proportional to the energy subjected to it...in keeping with the laws Conservation of Energy, resultant energy, of course, being of linear association. Say we have true surface AB...the surface from which energy shall be donated, and parallel surface CD, the surface whereupon said energy shall be translated to........
Actually I have NO idea, beyond that it just makes intuitive sense. But I just reminded myself how I always used to get an "A" on high school physics exams without having a CLUE what I was talking about! I would just write the answer in the above terms, and bore
the examiner SO MUCH that he wouldn't even bother finishing reading the answer, and give me an automatic 'A'. Throw in a few Newton's Law's here and there, a few "thuses" and "shifts"...and you're good to go. Throw in a 'whereupon' or a 'therein', and then we're talking bonus points.
I've found this technique also applies well to 100 through 400 level college courses, as well....but falls most amazingly short in 600 level and above graduate courses!!! At which time, one must actually study.