Force
Forces and Motion | Electricity and Magnetism

Two groups of forces

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Different kinds of forces

Your teaching is likely to concentrate on frictional forces, gravity, and magnetic forces. But you'd not want to confuse these with other forces, so there is a complete list here, to help you keep them separate.

Some forces represent how the environment can support a thing:

  • Compression force (a warp force).
  • Tension force (a warp force).
  • Buoyancy.

Frictional forces represent how motion through an environment can be reduced, or prevented:

  • Grip.
  • Slip.
  • Drag.

Non-contact forces – allow remote parts of the environment to affect a thing:

  • Gravity force.
  • Magnetic force.
  • Electric force.
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