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Definition Of Force

A force is a push or pull that makes things move. For example, a force can make things change speed or direction.

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Pushes and Pulls

Fun Facts

  • Forces can help you when you are playing a sport like soccer.
  • A force is needed to start or stop movement.
  • Forces can be strong or weak.

Why Do We Need To Know About Definition Of Force

Learning about force helps us understand why things move and why it’s important to be exact when using force. This idea is part of everyday actions like pulling weeds or pushing a shopping cart, and it’s important for jobs in gardening and stores.

Knowing about force can make you better in sports like basketball and soccer because it’s about using force smartly. Plus, it’s important in jobs like engineering and building stuff because it helps keep things safe and work better.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the punching bag used by Dr. Jeff an example of a push or a pull?
The punching bag is both a push and a pull. Dr. Jeff first pulled it towards him and then he pushed it to make it swing before it knocked him down.
What is an example of using forces at a grocery store?
You use force to pull things off the shelves. You can also use force to push the shopping cart towards the shelves or pull it back towards you.
How did Olivia use force with a basketball?
Olivia used her hands to push the basketball towards the hoop.
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