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Forces 03
Gravity, air resistance and friction are the forces acting on a child going down a slide. (Photo courtesy of Pondspider at Flickr.)

Forces 03

One type of force is magnetism. You've learned about all the different forces which act on objects. Friction, gravity, magnetism, air resistance and water resistance are all different types of pushes and pulls. Now see if you can recognise which forces are in action in different situations.

Challenge yourself with this third science quiz about forces.

  1. What type of force is water resistance?
  2. What type of force is air resistance?
  3. A toy plastic boat floating in a bucket of water is experiencing which forces?
  4. A row boat being rowed across a lake is experiencing which forces?
  5. Imagine someone cycling up a steep hill. Which forces are being experienced by the cyclist's shoes?
  6. Imagine the same cyclist in question five. Which forces do the tyres experience?
  7. What forces are acting on a parachute as it falls through the air?
  8. Which forces are acting on a child who is going down a slide?
  9. If the child in question eight stayed at the top of the slide, forces would be balanced. What force is needed to start the child sliding?
  10. Catapults are designed to provide a 'push' which will be stronger than the force of gravity - the object which is being catapulted should be aerodynamic to minimise which force?

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