What is Force: Definition and 1000 Discussions

In physics, a force is any influence that, when unopposed, will change the motion of an object. A force can cause an object with mass to change its velocity (which includes to begin moving from a state of rest), i.e., to accelerate. Force can also be described intuitively as a push or a pull. A force has both magnitude and direction, making it a vector quantity. It is measured in the SI unit of newton (N). Force is represented by the symbol F (formerly P).
The original form of Newton's second law states that the net force acting upon an object is equal to the rate at which its momentum changes with time. If the mass of the object is constant, this law implies that the acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net force acting on the object, is in the direction of the net force, and is inversely proportional to the mass of the object.
Concepts related to force include: thrust, which increases the velocity of an object; drag, which decreases the velocity of an object; and torque, which produces changes in rotational speed of an object. In an extended body, each part usually applies forces on the adjacent parts; the distribution of such forces through the body is the internal mechanical stress. Such internal mechanical stresses cause no acceleration of that body as the forces balance one another. Pressure, the distribution of many small forces applied over an area of a body, is a simple type of stress that if unbalanced can cause the body to accelerate. Stress usually causes deformation of solid materials, or flow in fluids.

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  1. Nabir14

    B Is there any physics topic explaining how objects break into parts?

    I am curious to know if there is any existing topic explaining how objects break into several pieces when force is applied.
  2. dlucaswood

    B Force required to stretch training resistance bands

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  3. R

    B Compressive force of a shorter cylindrical bone vs a longer one

    Hello, Why is it more difficult to break a shorter bone that is cut into a cylinder than a longer cylindrical bone by pressing the bone vertically from its top despite sharing the same cross-sectional area?
  4. Quantum55151

    I Mechanics of an inertial balance

    In the following diagram (from Taylor's Classical Mechanics), an inertial balance is shown. Intuitively, I totally understand that unequal masses would cause unequal accelerations and therefore rotational motion of the rod. However, how does one prove this mathematically? The first thing...
  5. tellmesomething

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    I dont need anyone to do the sum directly please. I just need some hints, please dont give me the solution. Im unable to understand how the bob will hit a maximum elongation, there are two forces accelerating the bob: Gravitational force and electrostatic force. There is one force...
  6. Heisenberg7

    Applying Force on a Cylinder at an Angle

    A few months ago, our teacher gave us a problem regarding cylinder motion. He asked us to calculate the acceleration of a cylinder that's acted upon by a force F at an angle theta due to the x axis. Now, for some reason, he told us that the cylinder would rotate. Now, I'm not sure if he supposed...
  7. A

    Brake force calculations

    I'll try and keep this as easy as I can. The Right Triangle above represents the forces acting through the trailing shoe of a automotive drum brake. Point A is the central position of the brake expander. When the foot brake is depressed, a force is created that pushes the brake expander piston...
  8. B

    Textbook 'The Physics of Waves': Calculating Work Done by Force

    Reference textbook “The Physics of Waves” in MIT website: https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/8-03sc-...es-fall-2016/resources/mit8_03scf16_textbook/ Chapter 2 - Section 2.3.1 [Page 45] (see attached file) Question: In the content, it states that we need to use real force and real displacement...
  9. P

    I Producing enough force with a Solenoid

    Hi, This is not a homework problem, but a small personal project where I am looking to create a small solenoid that can create enough pushing force of approximately 0.5 lbs. I am wondering what the best route is to create this amount of force. So far, I was able to lift about 32g with my...
  10. S_Subramaniam

    General question about the definition of moment of force (Torque)

    Definition: Moments is a measure of turning effect of a force upon a pivot. My questions: What does it mean if it is a measure of moments? Does it mean the angle of turn? Does it mean the speed of the movement? Does it mean the distance travelled? Let's take a door as an reference.
  11. N

    Reference source of study for welding clamping force calculation

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  12. Hauzen

    Engineering explanation please (pipe welded to a wall)

    Hello. I work for a company and I need your help! The pipe is welded to the wall. However, the worker applied force to the right with the force of F, and the welding was cracked. As a countermeasure, welding is carried out in two layers as shown in the picture on the right. In this case, is it...
  13. Hauzen

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    Hi. I need your help! I have a college physics question Suppose there are pipes A and B. [Figure 1] I had to connect pipe B to pipe A, but pipe B was short, so I bent A by about 30 degrees and installed it. [Figure 2] It's a picture of the pipe A being installed by increasing the length in...
  14. S

    B What is electromotive force? What's its relationship to Voltage?

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  15. chwala

    What Force must be exerted on the trolley for constant speed?

    My question is on the highlighted part in red. For the first part i have, ##F_{parallel} = 900 \cos 82^0 = 125.3N## For the second part, i have ##F= \dfrac{125.3}{\cos 15^0} = 129.7 N ≈130N##
  16. Bling Fizikst

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  17. P

    Shape of Slinky being twirled in 0 gravity

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  18. Iwawa48

    How to calculate the force exerted by the "tendon" on the "tibia" bone?

    TL;DR Summary: how to calculate the force exerted by the "tendon" and the resistance occurring on the "tibia" if a 70kg man leans on his tip of the foot. Hello, This is the question: "A 70 kg person stands on the tip of the foot. Assuming a configuration as in Figure 5.6 calculate a) the force...
  19. D

    B How's it possible to push on systems with 2 parts? (Newton's third law)

    An alternative title could have been "how do forces propagate" but google searches bring up things related to waves only. Initially my problems started with a mass on a spring but I was able to boil it down to any general system comprising at least two 'parts' in succession. Suppose you have...
  20. AmanWithoutAscarf

    Lorentz force and induced electric field

    As far as I know, there are two causes of the rotational motion of the charged ring. T he first torque is from Lorentz force: $$T=Q\mathbf{R\times ( v} \times \mathbf{B}_{r}) =-\frac{QR^{2}}{2}\frac{dz}{dt}\frac{d\mathbf{B}_{z}}{dz}$$ (where ##\mathbf{B}_{r}...
  21. tellmesomething

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    I have some questions... Firstly I drew the FBD of the said block at an angle theta from the vertical Which force causes the block to lose contact.ie the normal to become zero... Is it because the forces in the horizontal direction surpass some limit value of the net force in the radial...
  22. chwala

    Find the direction and the magnitude of Frictional force

    In my working i have, the attached. My question is Why is the Reaction force not being considered here, My equations are; Frictional force = ## 30\cos 50^0 - 20\cos 40^0 = (19.28 - 15.32)N = 3.96N## The direction will be downwards.
  23. Username34

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    They always talk in boxing and martial arts to stiffen at the moment of impact, but how crucial is this? By way of analogy, how much of a power leakage results from a hammer shaking at point of impact compared to a stiff one? Less concentrated force, surely.
  24. K

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  25. dannolul

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    I can get the slope of the line, but then I dont know what the slope is (units or whatever it is) then i get lost from there.
  26. P

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  27. rosedog09

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  28. Lotto

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  29. S

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  30. R

    B How to convert ft-lbs/sec to Newtons?

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  31. tharindu_

    B Why don't cars accelerate according to F = ma?

    If the engine is constant, then the wheels of the car exerts a constant force on the floor. And F = ma, So the car should be accelerating rather than maintaining the same speed. What is going on here?
  32. WeirdUniverse

    I The answer for the total mass of the Universe?

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  33. hello478

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  34. Sam Jelly

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  35. hello478

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  36. cestlavie

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  37. I

    Centripetal force - Ferris wheel... Opposite results

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  38. Mitchell Richardson

    Finding force between solenoid and magnet

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  39. G

    I Force between opposing magnets

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  40. P

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  41. M

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  42. Mohmmad Maaitah

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  43. mister i

    B Can the force of gravity overcome the Planck force?

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  44. C

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  45. C

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  46. S

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