Overview of Force & Free-Body Diagrams


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What is a free-body diagram?

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1. Why do we draw free-body diagrams with forces acting on a dot?

2. In what direction do normal forces act?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Free-body diagrams are guides often used in physics, and students can use these assessments to ensure their proficiency with these diagrams. Quiz questions will deal with friction, gravity, normal forces and their representation on free-body diagrams.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These guides will test your knowledge of the:

  • Definition of a free-body diagram
  • Uses of a free-body diagram
  • Direction of frictional and gravitational forces
  • The direction of a normal force

Skills Practiced

In this quiz, students will practice skills including:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as frictional forces and normal forces
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding free-body diagrams and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on physical forces and free-body diagrams
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about forces and free-body diagrams

Additional Learning

For further information about free-body diagrams and physical forces, review the accompanying lesson entitled Overview of Force & Free-Body Diagrams. Objectives covered in this lesson include:

  • Define free-body diagrams
  • Draw forces accurately within free-body diagrams
  • Identify frictional, normal and gravitational forces
  • Read and understand information given by a free-body diagram