# What is Force? (Physics)

TLDRThis educational video script delves into the concept of force in physics, explaining it as a push or pull that can change an object's state of rest or motion. It distinguishes between contact and non-contact forces, such as gravity, magnetism, and electrostatic forces, and outlines the five effects of force. The script also discusses Newton's second law of motion, providing the formula F=ma, and explains how force is measured in Newtons. The content is engaging and informative, aiming to clarify the fundamentals of force and its applications in everyday scenarios.

###### Takeaways

- π Force is defined in physics as a push or a pull, and it is a vector quantity with both magnitude and direction.
- π There are two types of forces: force at contact (e.g., pushing a ball, pulling a toy) and force at a distance (e.g., gravitational, magnetic, electrostatic forces).
- π§ Forces can have five different effects: setting a stationary object into motion, stopping a moving object, changing the speed of a moving body, changing the direction of a moving body, and changing the dimensions of a body.
- π Newton's second law of motion states that the rate of change of linear momentum of a body is directly proportional to the applied force and takes place in the direction of the force.
- π The SI unit of force is the Newton (N), which is equal to the force required to give a 1 kg mass an acceleration of 1 meter per second squared.
- π A spring balance is an instrument used to measure the magnitude of a force, which can be understood as the weight of an object due to Earth's pull.
- π When multiple forces act on a body, they can be balanced (net force is zero) or unbalanced (net force is not zero), affecting the state of rest or motion of the body.
- π Unbalanced forces cause acceleration or retardation, changing the velocity of a body, while balanced forces result in a body either remaining at rest or moving at a constant velocity.
- π Friction is an unbalanced force that opposes motion and can stop objects from continuing in their state of motion indefinitely.
- π The formula for force, derived from Newton's second law, is F = ma, where F is the force, m is the mass of the object, and a is its acceleration.
- π’ The CGS (centimeter-gram-second) unit of force is the Dyne, where 1 Newton equals 10^5 Dynes, and 1 Dyne equals 1 gram-centimeter per second squared.

###### Q & A

### What is the basic definition of force in physics?

-In physics, force is defined as a push or a pull. It is a vector quantity that has both magnitude and direction.

### What are the two main types of forces?

-The two main types of forces are contact forces, where there is physical contact between the objects, and non-contact forces, which act at a distance without direct contact.

### Give an example of a contact force.

-An example of a contact force is when you push a ball, causing it to move.

### How does gravitational force illustrate a non-contact force?

-Gravitational force is a non-contact force because it acts on objects like a ball when it is dropped, pulling it towards the Earth without any physical contact.

### What are the five effects of force on an object?

-The five effects of force are: setting a stationary object into motion, stopping a moving object, changing the speed of a moving object, changing the direction of a moving object, and changing the dimensions of an object.

### What happens when multiple forces act on an object?

-When multiple forces act on an object, they can either be balanced forces, resulting in no net force and the object remaining at rest or in uniform motion, or unbalanced forces, leading to non-uniform motion and acceleration or deceleration of the object.

### What is the role of friction in stopping the motion of objects?

-Friction is an unbalanced force that opposes the motion of objects. It is responsible for eventually stopping objects that are in motion, such as a ball rolling on the ground or a car moving on a road.

### How is force measured?

-Force is measured using the SI unit, Newton (N). A spring balance is a common instrument used to measure the magnitude of force or weight.

### What is Newton's second law of motion and how does it relate to force?

-Newton's second law of motion states that the rate of change of linear momentum of a body is directly proportional to the applied force and occurs in the direction of the force. Mathematically, it is expressed as F = ma, where F is the force, m is the mass of the body, and a is its acceleration.

### How is 1 Newton defined based on Newton's second law?

-1 Newton is the force required to give a mass of 1 kilogram an acceleration of 1 meter per second squared, expressed as 1 N = 1 kgΒ·m/sΒ².

### What is the relationship between Newtons and Dynes in the CGS system?

-In the CGS system, 1 Newton equals 10 to the power of 5 Dynes, or 100,000 Dynes, since 1 Dyne is defined as 1 gramΒ·cm/sΒ² and 1 Newton is 1 kgΒ·m/sΒ².

###### Outlines

##### π Introduction to Force and Its Effects

This paragraph introduces the concept of force in physics, explaining its role in causing motion. It uses everyday examples, such as pushing a ball or applying brakes on a car, to illustrate how force initiates and stops motion. The discussion extends to the types of forces, distinguishing between contact forces (like pushing a ball) and non-contact forces (like gravitational and magnetic forces). The paragraph also touches on the vector nature of force, emphasizing its direction and magnitude.

##### π The Effects of Force on Objects

This section delves into the specific effects that force can have on objects. It outlines five key effects: setting stationary objects into motion, stopping moving objects, changing the speed of a moving object, altering the direction of a moving object, and modifying the shape or dimensions of an object. The paragraph reinforces the concept of force as a physical quantity that can change an object's state of rest or motion, and introduces the concept of balanced and unbalanced forces, explaining how they relate to the motion of objects.

##### π The Persistence of Motion and Friction

This paragraph explores theζη»ζ§ of motion when forces are applied and removed. It explains how an object will not continue moving indefinitely due to unbalanced forces like friction, which opposes motion and eventually stops the object. The discussion includes examples of frictional forces in everyday scenarios, such as a football stopping on a field or a bicycle coming to a halt when pedaling stops. The concept of a frictionless table is used to illustrate that in the absence of unbalanced forces, an object would continue in motion indefinitely.

##### βοΈ Measuring Force with Newton's Second Law

This section introduces the measurement of force and its relation to Newton's second law of motion. It explains that force is a vector quantity measured in Newtons (N) and describes how a spring balance can be used to measure the magnitude of force. The paragraph then connects the concept of momentum and acceleration to derive the formula for force (F = ma). It also defines 1 Newton in terms of the acceleration of a 1 kg mass and provides a practical example of calculating force based on mass and acceleration.

##### π Unit Conversion and Final Thoughts on Force

The final paragraph discusses the SI and CGS units of force, focusing on the conversion between Newtons and Dynes. It explains the mathematical relationship between these units and provides a practical example of unit conversion. The paragraph concludes with a recap of the key formula for force (F = Ma) and encourages viewers to engage with the content through quizzes and further exploration. It also invites viewers to follow the creator's social media and website for more educational content.

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###### Keywords

##### π‘Motion

##### π‘Force

##### π‘Scalar Quantity

##### π‘Vector Quantity

##### π‘Contact Force

##### π‘Distance Force

##### π‘Friction

##### π‘Balanced Forces

##### π‘Unbalanced Forces

##### π‘Newton

##### π‘Spring Balance

###### Highlights

Introduction to the concept of force as a push or pull, essential to understanding motion.

Definition of force in physics as a vector quantity with both magnitude and direction.

Explanation of contact forces, such as pushing a ball or pulling a toy, requiring physical contact.

Discussion on non-contact forces like gravitational, magnetic, and electrostatic forces that act at a distance without direct contact.

Illustration of the effects of force, including setting objects in motion, stopping motion, changing speed, altering direction, and modifying dimensions.

Clarification on the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces and their respective impacts on motion and shape.

Explanation of how friction, an unbalanced force, is responsible for stopping motion in various real-world scenarios.

Introduction to Newton's second law of motion, which quantifies the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration.

Derivation of the formula F=ma from Newton's second law, providing a fundamental equation in physics.

Description of how a spring balance can be used to measure the magnitude of force, relating it to the weight measurement.

Explanation of the SI unit of force, the Newton, and its relation to mass, acceleration, and the unit conversion to the CGS unit, the Dyne.

Application of the force formula F=ma to calculate the force needed for a given mass and acceleration, and vice versa.

Summary of the key concepts of force, including its definition, types, effects, and measurement, providing a comprehensive understanding.

Invitation to engage with the content through quizzes and further questions, encouraging active learning and application of the concepts discussed.

Promotion of the YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website for additional resources and content, fostering community and continued learning.

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