Construction of Free-Body Diagrams

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In this learning activity you'll explore a step-by-step process to solve simple free-body diagrams. They identify forces acting in the x or y direction in interactive exercises.

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Last Updated 01.11.16
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Posted by cynthia on 12/20/2014 8:04:49 AM Votes 0.00

How do you use f=ma to make an equation for the forces that act on a grocery bag resting on the table?

Posted by Dmiddle13 on 9/3/2017 4:05:36 PM Votes 0.00

How do you diagram The instructions written in French were impossible for me to read.

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Very informative; excellent animations and descriptions

Posted by Patrick Morrissey on 10/15/2013 2:06:16 PM Reply

its really interesting and easy...... awesome job

Posted by kirti rana on 3/1/2011 8:53:40 AM Reply

Great idea. As someone else mentioned, the use of the term Applied Force for a tension or pushing force can lead to confusion. Students want to have an applied force in whatever drection an object is moving. Also, best practice (IMHO) suggests every force has three descriptors that are necessary: type (contact - such as normal or friction, or field - such as gravity), direction, and source (e.g. earth, tabletop, shoelace, etc). This kind of gets type and source confused. Direction is done well. I will definitely show this to my students.

Posted by Jeff Funkhouser on 8/10/2007 12:00:00 AM Reply

This was pretty awsome

Posted by Jason Miller on 10/15/2010 8:24:07 AM Reply