Forces and Motion


This simulation explores the concepts of net force and acceleration. Choose from one of four scenarios by clicking on its icon.
  1. Is there any difference in a force that applies a pull versus a push?
  2. Is it possible to apply a force and not have motion?
  3. What effect does friction have on motion?
  4. Can you determine the mass of the present in the "Motion" or "Friction" scenarios?
  5. In the "Acceleration" scenario, why does the surface of the water become tilted?
Credits: PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder