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Net Force and Direction of motion

  1. Mar 28, 2016 #1
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    Is the direction of net force always in the direction of motion?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I would say no because the net force could be equal/balanced

    for example if two kids were pulling on a stick
    2 N left <---- . ----->2 N right

    the Total Net Force would be 4 N with 0 Direction
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  3. Mar 28, 2016 #2


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    Yes, the answer is no. If it wasn't, cars wouldn't move, we couldn't walk . . . nothing could be done!
  4. Mar 28, 2016 #3


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