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1 forces


3 Definition of a Force Forces are any push or pull on an object –Created by contact or at a distance Forces are portrayed by arrows on pictures, with the arrow pointing in the direction of the force The size of the arrow indicates the size of the force

4 How do you know if you are applying a force?

5 How forces effect objects Balanced: when all forces applied to an object cancel each other out. Results in NO change in motion (Constant velocity)

6 Unbalanced forces Definition: Where more force is pushing or pulling on object in one direction than opposite direction Results in a change in motion (Acceleration)


8 Forces Contact (applied) Forces –Electromagnetic forces (most common) Non-contact Forces –Gravitational (most common) –Fields

9 Types of forces Contact forces: source of force is a push or pull that results from direct contact between the surfaces of 2 or more objects. Related to the forces that repel or attract molecules and/or atoms Field forces: source of force applies influence over a distance, not direct contact

10 Examples ContactField AppliedGravitational FrictionElectric GroundMagnetic Air Resistance


12 Gravity Force of attraction between 2 objects that have mass F g or W

13 What determines the gravitational pull? The mass of each object The distance between the items

14 Gravitational force Depends on: The amount of mass in each object –The larger the masses, larger the force The amount of distance between each object –The greater the distance, the smaller the force The effect on force of gravity by distance is exponential, mass is linear

15 Law Universal Gravitation There is a gravitational attraction between any two items that have mass. The amount of the force is related to the mass of each object and the distance their centers are apart More mass, less distance  greater force

16 Do you think Weight of an object is… An applied force A gravitational force A magnetic force

17 Weight = force on object due to gravity If there is no big object near you, you have no weight


19 Blackholes

20 Black hole stripping matter from nearby star

21 Black holes are Some the strongest sources of gravitational pull in the universe The remains of dying stars Stars much larger than ours (20x) Objects that collapse in on itself because of gravity, become impossibly dense, compact

22 Weight influences shape Tree trunks Jelly fish Humans 10 feet tall

23 Biological connection Blood pressure is related to gravity More in lower part of body than upper Take blood pressure on arm because same position as heart

24 Blood pressure and gravity

25 Third law and gravity Third law dictates that each object attracts the other with the same amount of force


27 Applied/Contact force On a macroscopic level Any force that results from contact between two objects or the environment Electromagnetic in nature, the repulsion between atoms Some applied forces are further identified (normal force)

28 Examples Ex. The forces of a hand pushing a box The force of the rope pulling on a horse’s bridle Others?

29 What applied force is pushing the rocket upward?


31 What does mass mean?

32 Mass As previously defined: The amount of stuff, or matter that composes an object More matter = more massive an object Does not depend on location of object like weight. Mass ≠ Weight

33 Units of mass For chemistry (grams) For Physics (kilograms) 1 kg = 1000 g

34 Which is more massive? A kilo of feathers or A kilo of marbles

35 Difference in mass


37 Weight and mass Are related, not the same Mass is not a force, but a measurement of matter Weight changes as the objects moves around the universe, mass will not


39 Weight is a Force Force due to the pull of gravity Weight (W) = mass X acceleration due to gravity On earth, everything in free-fall accelerates at the same rate (9.8 m/s 2 ) towards Earth

40 Mathematical equation for Weight of an object Weight = mass x acceleration due to gravity On earth’s surface, acceleration due to gravity is = to 10 m/s 2

41 Demonstration that all objects are pulled at the same rate Paper and book Paper-vs-paper The only reason why things do not fall at sam rate is air resistance

42 Acceleration due to gravity g Value on surface of the earth Changes as object is moved away from surface of the earth

43 Weight is a force Weight is the measure of the Force of gravity To find your weight in Newtons: –Take your weight and divide it by 2.2 –Take the result and multiply it by 9.8

44 Calculate your mass value Take your weight in Newtons and divide by 10


46 Units Some units that are made out of 2 or more fundamental units are renamed after a Famous Scientist Units of Force –1 Kg (m/s 2 ) = 1N (Newton)

47 WHAT WEIGHS 1000 N?

48 Football player (220 lbs)


50 Freshman backpacks


52 The average textbook


54 A smallish apple

55 COMBINING FORCES Net, Unbalanced, and Balanced forces Equilibrium

56 Fundamental ideas Balanced forces on an object will NOT cause the object to change its motion Change of motion is caused by an imbalance of forces in opposite directions Forces come in many types, including contact, gravitational, and frictional forces

57 Balanced forces What happens to object’s motionwhen the forces applied to them are balanced?

58 Balanced forces Forces on an object are balanced when there is the same amount of force applied in opposite directions Balanced forces keep the object’s motion _____________

59 Forces Balanced forces = when all the forces acting on an object cancel each other out Unbalanced forces = when all the forces do not cancel each other out (more force on object in one direction than in others)

60 Unbalanced forces What happens to the object’s motion when the forces applied to them are unbalanced?

61 Unbalanced Forces Situation where there is more force applied in one direction than in the opposite Results in ____________

62 Balanced Forces Net force = zero Forces cancel out No change in motion Unbalanced Forces Net force does not = 0 Forces do not cancel out Unbalanced forces and acceleration

63 Net force The difference in size of the opposing forces is equal to the Net force on the object If the net force is zero, forces are balanced –Constant velocity If the net force is not zero, forces are not balanced –Acceleration 10 3

64 Net force The combination of all forces on an object For balanced forces F net = 0 –At rest or at constant velocity For unbalanced forces F net ≠ 0 –acceleration

65 Resultant Forces

66 Equilibrium

67 Free body diagrams

68 Homework In textbook: Page 89 problems 1-5 Page 93 problems 6-8

69 Homework : part 2 Research question: How far can a human fall and survive? 1: Research accounts, reports on the internet, bring in documentation 2: What factors do you think contribute to the survival of the human upon impact? 3: Write up a short summary of what you found to discuss and hand in tomorrow.

70 Newton’s Laws of motion

71 Inertia


73 To change the motion of something Need to have a net force (unbalanced forces) on the object in order to change its motion Force of rope on box Friction force


75 Fundamental ideas Motion is caused by forces Change of motion is caused by an imbalance of forces in opposite directions Forces come in many types, including contact, gravitational, and friction

76 What forces effect their ability to roll down a hallway?

77 Forces and Freefall

78 Free Fall When the only significant force acting on object is gravity

79 Acceleration due to gravity If gravity is the only force on object, then the forces are unbalanced Result is downward acceleration of the object

80 If object is in freefall, gravitational acceleration is constant For all objects Hammer, Feather on Moon

81 Acceleration due to gravity Paper and Book test Which drops faster? Any other forces at work besides gravity (weight)?


83 Orbital Free-Fall Something in orbit around the earth has to be moving fast enough so it falls at the same rate that the earth curves. The moon orbits because of the same reason We orbit the sun the same way The closer to the surface the faster the object needs to travels to maintain orbit

84 Freefall A specific type of motion Examples : –_____________ –_____________ (regardless of direction) To be in freefall, only the force of ______ can cause change in motion (acceleration)

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