OTHER LESSONS

 Balanced forces Balance forces are two forces acting in opposite directions on an object, and equal in size. Anytime there is a balanced force on an object, the object stays still or continues moving continues to move at the same speed and in the same direction. It is important to note that an object can be in motion even if there are no forces acting on it. Balanced forces can be demonstrated in Hanging, Floating and Standing/sitting objects Hanging objects Take a look at this hanging glass bulb shade. The weight of the bulb shade pulls down and the tension in the cable pulls up. The forces pulling down and pulling up can be said to be in balance. Floating objects Take a look at this log floating in a pool of water. It is floating because the weight of the log is balanced by the upthrust from the water. If more weight is tied to the log, the force pulling it down may be more and will cause it to sink. Standing/Sitting on a surface Consider a metal block resting on a surface of a table. Its' weight is balanced by the reaction force from the surface. The surface pushes up against the metal block, balancing out the weight (force) of the metal block.