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This text is meant to accompany class discussions. It is not everything there is to know about the forces. It is meant as a  prep for class. More detailed notes and examples are given in the class notes, presentations, and demonstrations (click here.)

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Introduction, Forces: Weight, Normal Force, Friction, Tension, Net Force, Online Review Quiz
Using Free Body Diagrams to develop a math model
How to draw free body diagrams
Going from diagram to math model.
6 Examples and an online review quiz
More free body diagram examples
More examples



Student will be able to:

  • Define “body”
  • Identify what forces are acting on a body
  • Define the following forces using a description and formulas
    • Weight
    • Normal force
    • Frictional force
      • Kinetic Friction
      • Static Friction
    • Tension
    • Net Force
  • Identify when the forces above are acting on a body AND describe their direction of influence
  • Draw a free body diagram (“fbd”) using the skills and definitions above.


Solutions to the assigned problems
Mastery Assignment
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by Tony Wayne ...(If you are a teacher, please feel free to use these resources in your teaching.)