The Physics Department - Mechanics, Forces

F = ma

A force can most easily be described as a push or a pull. When a force is applied to an object, the velocity of that object changes. This change in velocity constitutes an acceleration. So, forces are tied to accelerations. Galileo and Newton were scientists who developed our understanding of forces.

Galileo and the Concept of Inertia

Forces in General

Net Force


Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion

Components of a force vector

The inclined plane

General Problems

An understanding of forces should include an understanding of vectors.

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