# Newton's laws of motion

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Newton's laws of motion imply the relationship between an object's motion and the forces acting on it.
1. Laws of
Motion
I. Law of Inertia
II. F=ma
III. Action-Reaction
2. While most people know
what Newton's laws say,
many people do not know
what they mean (or simply do
not believe what they mean).
3. Newton’s Laws of Motion
 1st Law – An object at rest will stay at rest,
and an object in motion will stay in
motion at constant velocity, unless acted
upon by an unbalanced force.
 2nd Law – Force equals mass times
acceleration.
 3rd Law – For every action there is an
equal and opposite reaction.
4. 1st Law of Motion
(Law of Inertia)
An object at rest will stay at
rest, and an object in motion
will stay in motion at
constant velocity, unless acted
upon by an unbalanced force.
5. 1 Law
st
 Inertia is the
tendency of an
object to resist
changes in its
velocity:
whether in
motion or
These pumpkins will not move unless acted on
motionless. by an unbalanced force.
6. 1 Law
st
 Once airborne,
unless acted on
by an
unbalanced force
(gravity and air –
fluid friction), it
would never
stop!
7. 1 Law
 Unless acted
upon by an
unbalanced
force, this golf
ball would sit on
the tee forever.
8. Why then, do we observe
every day objects in motion
slowing down and becoming
motionless seemingly without an
outside force?
It’s a force we sometimes cannot see –
friction.
9. Objects on earth, unlike the
frictionless space the moon
travels through, are under the
influence of friction.
10. What is this unbalanced force that acts on an
object in motion?
 There are four main types of friction:
 Sliding friction: ice skating
 Rolling friction: bowling
 Fluid friction (air or liquid): air or water resistance
 Static friction: initial friction when moving an object
11. Slide a book
across a table and
watch it slide to a rest
position. The book
comes to a rest
because of the
presence of a force -
that force being the
force of friction -
which brings the book
to a rest position.
12.  In the absence of a force of friction, the book
would continue in motion with the same speed
and direction - forever! (Or at least to the end
of the table top.)
13. Newtons’s 1 Law and You
st
Don’t let this be you. Wear seat belts.
Because of inertia, objects (including you)
resist changes in their motion. When the
car going 80 km/hour is stopped by the
brick wall, your body keeps moving at 80
14. 2 Law
15. 2 Law
nd
The net force of an object is
equal to the product of its mass
and acceleration, or F=ma.
16. 2 Law
nd
 When mass is in kilograms and acceleration is
in m/s/s, the unit of force is in newtons (N).
 One newton is equal to the force required to
accelerate one kilogram of mass at one
meter/second/second.
17. 2 Law (F = m x a)
nd
 How much force is needed to accelerate a 1400
kilogram car 2 meters per second/per second?
 Write the formula
 F=mxa
 Fill in given numbers and units
 F = 1400 kg x 2 meters per second/second
 Solve for the unknown
2800 kg-meters/second/second or 2800 N
18. If mass remains constant, doubling the acceleration, doubles the force. If force remains
constant, doubling the mass, halves the acceleration.
19. Newton’s 2nd Law proves that different masses
accelerate to the earth at the same rate, but with
different forces.
• We know that objects
with different masses
accelerate to the
ground at the same
rate.
• However, because of
the 2nd Law we know
that they don’t hit the
ground with the same
force.
F = ma F = ma
98 N = 10 kg x 9.8 m/s/s 9.8 N = 1 kg x 9.8
m/s/s
20.
 1. What acceleration will result when a 12 N net force applied to a 3 kg
object? A 6 kg object?
 2. A net force of 16 N causes a mass to accelerate at a rate of 5 m/s 2.
Determine the mass.
 3. How much force is needed to accelerate a 66 kg skier 1 m/sec/sec?
 4. What is the force on a 1000 kg elevator that is falling freely at 9.8
m/sec/sec?
 1. What acceleration will result when a 12 N net force applied to a 3 kg object?
12 N = 3 kg x 4 m/s/s
 2. A net force of 16 N causes a mass to accelerate at a rate of 5 m/s 2. Determine the
mass.
16 N = 3.2 kg x 5 m/s/s
 3. How much force is needed to accelerate a 66 kg skier 1 m/sec/sec?
66 kg-m/sec/sec or 66 N
 4. What is the force on a 1000 kg elevator that is falling freely at 9.8 m/sec/sec?
 9800 kg-m/sec/sec or 9800 N
23.
24. 3 Law
rd
 For every action, there is an
equal and opposite reaction.
25. 3 Law
According to Newton,
whenever objects A and
B interact with each
other, they exert forces
upon each other. When
downward force on the
chair and the chair
exerts an upward force
26. 3 Law
rd
There are two forces
resulting from this
interaction - a force on
the chair and a force on
forces are called action
and reaction forces.
27. Newton’s 3rd Law in Nature
 Consider the propulsion of a
fish through the water. A fish
uses its fins to push water
backwards. In turn, the water
reacts by pushing the fish
forwards, propelling the fish
through the water.
 The size of the force on the
water equals the size of the
force on the fish; the direction
of the force on the water
(backwards) is opposite the
direction of the force on the
fish (forwards).
28. 3 Law
Flying gracefully
through the air,
birds depend on
Newton’s third
law of motion. As
the birds push
down on the air
with their wings,
the air pushes
their wings up
29.  Consider the flying motion of birds. A bird flies by
use of its wings. The wings of a bird push air
downwards. In turn, the air reacts by pushing the bird
upwards.
 The size of the force on the air equals the size of the
force on the bird; the direction of the force on the air
(downwards) is opposite the direction of the force on
the bird (upwards).
 Action-reaction force pairs make it possible for birds
to fly.
30.
31. Other examples of Newton’s
Third Law
 The baseball forces the
bat to the left (an
action); the bat forces
the ball to the right (the
reaction).
32. 3 Law
rd
 Consider the motion of
a car on the way to
school. A car is
equipped with wheels
which spin backwards.
As the wheels spin
backwards, they grip the
backwards.
33. 3 Law
The reaction of a rocket is
an application of the third
law of motion. Various
fuels are burned in the
engine, producing hot
gases.
The hot gases push against
the inside tube of the rocket
and escape out the bottom
of the tube. As the gases
move downward, the rocket
moves in the opposite
direction.