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Forces - Forces and Motion
If a boat of mass 500kg is accelerating at 1m/s, the resultant force is 500N.

Forces - Forces and Motion

Forces and motion looks at movement and acceleration of objects. Considering how forces affect the motion of objects is an important part of GCSE Physics. Many of the concepts and formulae used in this module were worked out by Sir Isaac Newton, the famous and talented seventeenth century scientist whose name is now used for the unit of force.

Newton formulated three laws of motion based on his observations. His first law is written down slightly differently, according to what source of information you use. Essentially, it says that "an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force". In other words, objects will tend to keep doing exactly what they are doing, unless a force is applied. It is sometimes called the 'law of inertia'.

What is the acceleration of a ball whose initial velocity is 0 m/s and final velocity is 10 m/s if the ball takes 5 seconds to get to this speed?
1 m/s2
2 m/s2
3 m/s2
2 m/s
Remember that acceleration is the rate of change of velocity and its units are m/s2
If a boat of mass 500 kg is accelerating at 1 m/s2, what is the resultant force?
250 N
500 N
750 N
1,000 N
Only unbalanced forces produce an acceleration
What is the acceleration of an object dependent on?
Resultant force
Neither mass nor resultant force
Both mass and resultant force
Changing either mass or resultant force will change the acceleration of an object
What does the gradient of a distance-time graph represent?
The gradient of a graph is calculated by dividing the y value by the x value. In this case, you are dividing metres by seconds (or kilometres by hours and so on) so the units will be metres per second (or kilometres per hour etc) which you should recognise as being the units of speed
What is the mass of a person who is accelerated at a rate of 2 m/s2 when a resultant force of 130 N is applied?
Using the equation F = m x a, you can calculate the force required to accelerate an object, the mass of it or the acceleration of it when given two of the three values
What is the unit used to measure force?
The pascal
The kilogram
The newton
The metre
Named after Isaac Newton since he carried out the key work that lead to an understanding of forces, although Galileo had already worked out the first law many years before Newton was born
What is velocity?
Speed in a given direction
Direction of an object
Speed of an object
Velocity is a vector quantity and has both magnitude (size) and direction. The magnitude represents how fast the object is moving and the direction represents in which direction it is going
What is the equation to find the acceleration of an object, knowing its initial and final velocities and the time taken?
a = (u - t)v
v = (a - u)t
u = (a - v)t
a = (v - u)t
It is always the final velocity minus the initial velocity divided by time. A negative value from the calculation means there was a deceleration
What does the gradient of a velocity-time graph represent?
The gradient of a velocity-time graph measures the change in velocity per second, in other words, exactly the definition of acceleration
What is the correct formula which links force, mass and acceleration?
F = m x a
m = F x a
a = F x m
C = m x a
This is the equation of Newton's second law of motion
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Describing motion

Author:  Martin Moore

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