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Using Force Diagrams

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1. 
Explain the normal force. Give an example as part of your explanation.
  • The normal force is the contact force, exerted perpendicular to the contact surface, on an object by, for example, the surface of a floor or wall, preventing the object from penetrating that surface.
2. 
Given a force diagram like the one shown, if the object is not moving, what do you know about the forces at A and B?
Free Body Diagrams 1
  1. [math]F_"norm"[/math] is less than [math]F_g[/math] because the object stays down on the surface.
  2. [math]F_g[/math] is always greater than [math]F_"norm"[/math] when an object is not moving.
  3. [math]F_"norm"=F_g[/math] when an object is not moving.
  4. [math]F_"norm"=-(F_g)[/math] making the [math]F_"net"=0[/math] when an object is not moving.
3. 
If a net force diagram is drawn, such as shown, wherein the [math]F_"norm"" at A "=-(F_g)" at C"[/math], what do you know about the object?
Free Body Diagrams 4
  1. The object is accelerating in the direction of the [math]F_"app"" at B"[/math] because there is no opposing force to B, and [math]F_"app"" at "B>0N[/math].
  2. The object is accelerating in the opposite direction of [math]F_"app"" at B"[/math] because forces act in equal but opposite pairs.
  3. The object is not moving because the [math]F_"net"=F_"norm"+F_g=0N[/math].
  4. The object is accelerating in the direction of the [math]F_"app"" at B"[/math] because the opposing [math]F_"fric"[/math] must be negligible, and [math]F_"app"" at "B>0N[/math].
4. 
Calculate the net force acting on this object, and determine, if it is moving, in which direction. The normal force is 500N, the force at C is -372N, the resistive force of friction is -32N, and the force at B is 32N.
Free Body Diagrams 2
  1. [math]F_"net"=-95N[/math]; moving to the left
  2. [math]F_"net"=872N[/math]; at rest
  3. [math]F_"net"=+95N[/math]; moving upwards
  4. impossible to determine without knowing the object's mass
5. 
If a [math]14kg[/math] object is resting on the floor, calculate the normal force acting on the object.
Free Body Diagrams 1
  • Given: [math]m=14kg[/math]; [math]g=-9.8m/s^2[/math]; and [math]F_g=m*g[/math]

    [math]F_g=(14kg)(-9.8m/s^2)=-137.2N[/math]
    When an object is at rest, [math]F_"norm"=-(F_g)[/math].

    [math]F_"norm"=-(F_g)=+137.2N[/math]
6. 
Draw a force diagram of a 37kg object at rest on a table. Show your calculations in determining force values for A and B.
  • Free Body Diagrams 1
    Given: [math]m=37kg[/math] and [math]g=-9.8m/(s^2)[/math]

    [math]B=F_g=m*g=(37kg)(-9.8m/(s^2))=-362.6N[/math]

    For an object at rest, [math]F_"norm"+F_g=F_"net"=0[/math], so [math]F_"norm"=+362.6N[/math].
7. 
If a net-force diagram is drawn, such as shown, wherein the [math]F_"norm"" at A "=-(F_g)" at B"[/math], what do you know about the object if the magnitude of [math]F_"fric"" at "C>0[/math]?
Free Body Diagrams 3
  • The object is decelerating to the right because the opposing [math]F_"fric"" at C"[/math] must be greater than the [math]F_"app"[/math].

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