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Balanced Forces

Forces acting on an object are equal Unbalanced Forces

Forces acting on an object are not equal Net Force

Larger force minus smaller force Friction

A force exerted on surfaces when they rub past each other Newton's 1st law

An object resting rests forever unless you apply a force.

An object moving will move forever unless you apply a force Newton's 2nd Law

F=ma, the force applied to an object in order to make it stop or go is equal to the object's mass multiplied by acceleration. Newton's 3rd Law

All actions have equal and opposite reactions. Inertia

The resistance of an object to move or stop. Acceleration

Rate of change in velocity Velocity

Distance divided by time, with a direction Speed

Distance divided by time. d/t Potential energy

Stored energy Kinetic energy

Released energy Work

work = force x distance

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Balanced Forces

Forces acting on an object are equal Unbalanced Forces

Forces acting on an object are not equal Net Force

Larger force minus smaller force Friction

A force exerted on surfaces when they rub past each other Newton's 1st law

An object resting rests forever unless you apply a force.

An object moving will move forever unless you apply a force Newton's 2nd Law

F=ma, the force applied to an object in order to make it stop or go is equal to the object's mass multiplied by acceleration. Newton's 3rd Law

All actions have equal and opposite reactions. Inertia

The resistance of an object to move or stop. Acceleration

Rate of change in velocity Velocity

Distance divided by time, with a direction Speed

Distance divided by time. d/t Potential energy

Stored energy Kinetic energy

Released energy Work

work = force x distance

Picture this scene: England, mid 1600's, a young scientist meanders through a garden where he notices an apple fall to the ground. He takes notice. What is special about this apple? I am sure he had noticed apples falling before in his lifetime. But this particular time, with this particular apple, he started thinking. Since Earth's gravity causes this apple to fall to the ground, how far does the Earth's gravity actually extend? Just above the trees? To the moon? He knew that gravity was a force caused objects to fall down. He also knew that objects projected through the air also come down. After a little time, Sir Isaac Newton proposed that there were 3 laws that governed all moving objects, even the objects in space. We know them today as Newton's 3 Laws of Motion.

Inertia is a property of matter that resists a change in motion when a force is applied. In order to change an object's motion, we need to apply a force bigger than what is already acting on it. If a box it at rest on the floor, we say the forces acting on the box are balanced. The net force is zero. In order for this box to move, we need to apply a force larger than the force of gravity holding the box down. The forces would then be unbalanced.

Newton's 2nd Law states that the force applied to an object to change its motion is equal to the object's mass times the acceleration of the object. The formula to calculate this force is F=ma. The unit for force is Newton's, or N. Suppose we want to push a 20 kg box across the floor. How much force is is required to make this box accelerate 2 m/s

First, plug the values into the formula:

F = (20kg)x (2 m/s

F = 40 kg * m/s

F = 40N

It takes 40N of force to accelerate a 20kg box.

Newton's 3rd Law states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. If Box A exerts a force on Box B, then Box B exerts an equal and opposite force on Box A. When does this happen in the real world? Let's take rocket liftoff, for instance. When a rocket is launched, it pushes on the ground and the ground pushes back.

It is true that all you need to do in order to make an object move is apply enough force to it. If it moves, you have just done work. Work is described as the force required to move an object multiplied by the distance the object travelled, work = force x distance. The ability to do that work is called energy. There are 2 types of energy related to motion: potential and kinetic. Potential energy is stored energy. That stored energy can be released at a later time in the form of kinetic energy. Take for example a roller coaster. As the coaster is pulled up the first high hill, it stores more and more potential energy. As it goes down the hill, the potential energy is released as kinetic energy. If you raise a box into the air, it gains potential energy as you lift it higher. That energy is converted to kinetic energy when you drop the box.