Balanced Forces: Definition & Examples


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An object has a 3N force left, a 3N force right, a 4N force up and a 5N force down. In what respect are the forces balanced?

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1. Newton's 1st Law says that an object in motion stays in motion (at a _____ velocity), and an object at rest stays at rest, unless acted upon by an _____ force.

2. An object is moving at 50 miles per hour west. The forces on the object are balanced and remain balanced. A minute later, what is the object's velocity?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The questions on this multiple-choice quiz mostly provide you with practice problems to solve related to balanced forces and velocity. You'll also need a solid understanding of Newton's 1st Law if you want to pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Evaluate yourself with questions on the following:

  • How the forces of a given object are balanced
  • What Newton's 1st Law states
  • The velocity of an object given the balance of forces
  • Why objects in motion eventually stop
  • Facts about the forces on a flying plane

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on balanced forces
  • Problem solving - apply what you've learned to solve given physics problems
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Newton's 1st Law of motion

Additional Learning

Continue your studies of the forces on objects by taking a closer look at the accompanying lesson, Balanced Forces: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The definition of force
  • Friction and low friction
  • Lift, drag and thrust