Effects of force Describe effects of a force acting on a body.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

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As you have started this discussion in the Physics group, we should look at the effects of a force on a body from the relevant point of view.

Force is equal to mass*acceleration

Whenever a force acts on a body the body is accelerated in the direction of the force by a value inversely proportional to the mass.

Or acceleration = force / mass.

The acceleration may be too small to be noticeable but there is no denying that there is one.

Also, there is no acceleration when there is a counter-acting force which is equal to the force applied.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is also true that a force can act on a body without any visible effect.  For example, when a boulder rests on the ground, gravity is acting upon it but no effect is seen because the normal force is also acting on it to keep it in equilibrium.

Sometimes, a force can act on an object but be too small to change anything about that body.  An example would be a grasshopper jumping off that boulder -- it would exert force but the force would be too small to overcome the other forces acting on the boulder.

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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For instance, a force can change the kinematics of a body (a force can stop or move a body, changing the speed of the body, by increasing or decreasing it, or th force can change the direction of motion of that body).

Also, a force can change the original shape and size of a body.

As conclusion, any kind of action, of pull or push type, that has as result the changing of velocity of the body, is called force.

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