Forces and Free-body Diagrams: Learn how to navigate a drone

Finish your training in basic physics concepts to join a cutting edge mechanical engineering lab. Team up with Sir Isaac Newton and understand how various forces affect the motion of objects.

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You move as a result of forces acting upon you. In this simulation, you will learn the basics of common forces as you experience them in your everyday life. You will visualize the reaction of an object in a given condition using the free-body diagrams.

Deriving the net force in one direction

Dr. One, our AI lab assistant, changed a few parts in her engine. These changes affected how she moved and now she needs your help to optimize her flying! In the process, you will determine the center of mass and gravity and learn the basic steps of creating a free-body diagram in a one-dimensional problem.

Free-body diagrams for common forces

To identify the motion of an object, you first have to identify all the external forces that are exerted on it. In the forces and free-body diagrams simulation, you will create free body diagrams for a mass attached to a spring, a mass being underwater and a mass rolling down a hill. Change the magnitude of these forces – how will they affect the motion of the mass?

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Finish your training in basic physics concepts to join a cutting edge mechanical engineering lab. Team up with Sir Isaac Newton and understand how various forces affect the motion of objects.

Techniques in lab
Free-body diagrams
Learning objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to...

  • Draw and interpret free-body force diagrams to represent forces
  • Understand the concept of center of gravity of an extended body
  • Determine the net force exerted on a body
Simulation features

Length: 22
Accessibility mode: Not available
Languages: English (United States)

NGSS

HS-ETS1-2, HS-PS2-1

IB

2.2 – Forces

AP

3.7 Free-Body Diagrams for Objects in Uniform Circular Motion

3.2 Fundamental Forces

2.5 Newton’s Third Law and Free-Body Diagrams

2.3 Contact Forces