We know that a force can be a push or a pull acting on an object
There is a good chance that 2 forces can be acting on an object at any one time
If two equal forces are applied to an object in opposite directions, the object does not move / or moves as a constant speed. This is called balanced forces.
If two unequal forces are applied to an object in opposite directions, the object does move. This is called unbalanced forces.
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If the forces acting on an object are not balanced then the object with either:
Chance its shape
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We can use force diagrams to show this:
The block has 2 opposing forces being applied to it:
7N to the right and 4N to the left. They are Unbalanced Forces.
To Calculate the Resultant Force (Fr),
subtract one from the other: 7N – 4N = 3N to the right
A man of mass 75kg has a weight of 750N. This 750N will act downward on the table and the table will exert a 750N force upwards on the man. The forces are balanced.
What would happen if the upward force were less than 750N?
Force down 750N
Force up 750N
Collect Sheet: Drawing Force diagrams, fill in sheet finding Fr
Do Q6 p103 of text book
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More on Balanced and Unbalanced Forces:
Collect and complete the following worksheets:
More on Balanced and Unbalanced forces
Floating and Sinking (Read p101)
Parachutes (Read p101)
Text book: Starting Science for Scotland Book 2, Read p22, Ans Q1-4