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Forces by Mind Map: Forces
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Newton's Laws

1st Law

The Law of Inertia, An object's velocity does not change if and only if the net force acting on the object is zero. (page 29)

2nd Law


more in Ch. 3

3rd Law

Interaction Pairs, interaction between two objects will exert force on the other., Internal interactions, add up to zero, both interacting objects are part of the system, External interactions, only one of the two onjects are part of the system, These forces are equal inmagnitude and opposite in direction, Gravitational Forces

Different Types

Long range Forces

Gravity, gravity of the planets is an example


Do not require forces to touch

Normal forces

 A contact force perpendicular to the contact surface that prevents two objects from passing through one another

a book sitting on a table is an example


Contact Forces

A force exerted on another force.

The Contact force only last as long as the objects are touching.


conveys the idea that the forces are in balance

The net force is zero

Fundamental forces

Electromagnetism, field is unlimited, electrical charge, stronger than gravitational force

Gravitational Forces, Newton's laws of gravitational forces

The strong force, holds protons and neutrons together, The strongest of all forces

The weak force, radioactive decay process


Internal, Both objects are interacting on the system

External, When only one object is interacting on the system


A push or a pull on an object



the speed at which the objects moves


direction of motion

always physical direction in space


Scalar, Mass, has magnitude, algebraic sign, and units but no direction in space, Temperature

Problem Solving

Net Force

Vector sum of all the forces acting on an object

Free Body Diagrams

Simplified sketch

A single object with all the force vectors acting on that object

Vector addition

Tail to tip method

Finding components of a vector, draw right triangles, equations, add all the components, Sin/Cos/Tan


Static Friction

acts on objects to prevent them from moving, A car stopped on a hill, a bathroom mat in the shower

Kinectic Friction

when two objects are slipping and sliding across one another, Earth plates

acts on the object to get it to stop


pulls on an object in opposite directions

a chandelier hanging from the ceiling, A force hanging it up (the cord), the force of gravity pulling it down

Tensile forces

Body, biomechanics, tendons/muscles, bones


ideal pulleys, no mass, no friction, can change the direction of the force exerted on an object, does not change magnitude, chains/chords/cables

Words of the Day


build up and strengthen skills in physics


tension forces and gravity


put together everything you have learn so far


Vigorous spirit and enthusiasm