The force of a bat on a ball and the force of a ball on a bat are a(n) _________.

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Borys Shumyatskiy | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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... action and reaction.

Each of them may be considered as action. Another is a reaction.

These forces are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction. This is the consequence of Newton's Third Law.

Also note that it is incorrect to say that the sum of these forces is zero. They act on different bodies and cannot be added.