How to Use Free-Body Diagrams to Solve Motion Problems


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Which of the following should you not include in a free-body diagram?

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1. An unbalanced force will cause a(n) _____.

2. Which scenario shows a force arrangement that will definitely cause an acceleration?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

For this quiz and worksheet combination, you are reviewing the use of free-body diagrams to solve motion problems. Questions focus on what you should include in a diagram, along with how a coordinate system should be oriented.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

Test your knowledge of the following topics with the quiz:

  • The result of an unbalanced force
  • What will cause an acceleration from a given force arrangement
  • Choosing the correct free-body diagram to describe a given scenario
  • The orientation of a coordinate system

Skills Practiced

  • Problem solving - use what you know to solve practice problems that involve choosing the correct free-body diagram from a list
  • Information recall - remember what you have learned about orienting a coordinate system
  • Knowledge application - utilize your skills to answer questions about what needs to be included in a free-body diagram

Additional Learning

To learn more, view the lesson titled How to Use Free-Body Diagrams to Solve Motion Problems. With it, you can check out the following additional content:

  • Determining the net force on a mass
  • Rules for drawing a free-body diagram
  • Examples of diagrams