# How do you calculate a force of a object that is not accelerating

by assuredlonewo
Tags: accelerating, force, object
 P: 15 I would like to know how to calculate the force of an object that is not accelerating, for example, If I were push on a wall, neither me or the wall would move because the net force would be zero, but how would I calculate the force if I am trying to put on the wall.(I do not want the net force)
 Mentor P: 21,661 Welcome to PF. Sometimes that type of force can be calculated (like the force between a book and a table on which it is sitting) and sometimes it can't. The force you described can't be calculated, only measured.
 P: 674 The force on a book on a table can be calculated because g (or G) was measured previously (historically). If you push the wall by simply leaning on it, you can imagine replacing yourself by a leaning post of equal weight and calculate the horizontal component caused by gravity (the part touching the floor is a pivot point).
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## How do you calculate a force of a object that is not accelerating

 Quote by russ_watters Welcome to PF. Sometimes that type of force can be calculated (like the force between a book and a table on which it is sitting) and sometimes it can't. The force you described can't be calculated, only measured.
How can you measure it?
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P: 21,661
 Quote by assuredlonewo How can you measure it?
Place a scale between your hands and the wall.

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