Fundamental Forces?

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Is it known for sure that any or all of the fundamental forces produce a push or a pull affect?

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Please be specific as to what you mean by "push or pull effect". Electromagnetic can attract or repulse. Gravity and strong force attract. I am not sure how to describe weak force (responsible for beta decay).
 
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By defination a force is a push or pull.
 
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force can only be described as its effects on objects. just like time can only be described as objects in motion.
 
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mathman said:
Please be specific as to what you mean by "push or pull effect". Electromagnetic can attract or repulse. Gravity and strong force attract. I am not sure how to describe weak force (responsible for beta decay).
sorry, I think of "pull" as attraction and push as repulse.
Is it understood under what conditions the electromagnetic force would attract as oppose to repulse?

Thanks for your responses folks.
 

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