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Net Force

Definition of Net Force

Net force is the vector sum of all forces acting on an object. It is the resultant force left after opposing forces have cancelled out. Net force is the single force that produces the effect of all forces on an object combined. This unbalanced force produces the object's acceleration. An object that is not accelerating is experiencing a net force of zero.

Torque: when opposing forces act on different parts of an object, rather than cancel, they may change the object's rate of spin. In most situations in introductory courses, all forces act as though they are applied to one spot, the object's center of mass.

Net Force in Physics Problems

Using free body diagrams to understand net force

Net Force problems

Net Force with Friction and Weight

Net Force and Circular Motion

Net Force in Projectile Motion

Net Force in Electric Field

Net Force with Work and Kinetic Energy

Net Force with Work and Power

QUICK QUESTION

Which of the following objects is experiencing a non-zero net force?
a. a person standing on a floor?
b. a downhill skier angling across a slope with constant velocity
c. a planet circling the sun with constant speed
d. none of the above.
ANSWER

Net Force Explained with Examples

more help with Free Body Diagrams

Newton's Second Law calculation of Net Force

Centripetal Force as Net Force

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