The Normal Force: Definition and Examples


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Which equation is used to determine the normal force in any situation?

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1. An object is on a platform. The platform and the object are dropped towards the ground. What is the normal force exerted by the platform on the object as they are falling?

2. If the weight of a crate is 100 N. A 100 N person sits on the crate. How much has the normal force on the crate changed with the added force of the person sitting on it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The quiz will give you important terms related to the subject. You will then need to identify the correct definition of the term. Other questions will give you the numerical value of one term. You will then have to calculate the equivalent value.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on these subjects:

  • Another term for normal force
  • Gravity
  • Weight in relation to normal force
  • Direction normal force occurs

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of the normal force
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding another name for normal force and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding normal force
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about gravity and weight

Additional Learning

You should also make sure to read the related lesson, The Normal Force: Definition and Examples. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define the normal force
  • Describe characteristics of the normal force
  • Understand the direction of motion
  • Explain supporting objects
  • Explore gravity and weight