What is Force?
A force is an effort that changes the state of an object at rest or at motion. It can change an object’s direction and velocity. Force can also change the shape of an object.
It is the force that enables us to do any work.
To do anything, either we pull or push the object. Therefore, pull or push is called force.
Push or Pull is called ForceExample: To open a door, either we push or pull it. A drawer is pulled to open and pushed to close.
Effects of Force
- Force can make a stationary body move.
Example: A football can be set to move by kicking it, i.e. by applying a force. - Force can stop a moving body.
Example: By applying brakes, a running cycle or a running vehicle can be stopped. - Force can change the direction of a moving object.
Example: By applying force, i.e. by moving the handle, the direction of a running bicycle can be changed. Similarly, by moving steering, the direction of a running vehicle is changed.
Effects of Force
- Force can change the speed of a moving body.
Example: By accelerating, the speed of a running vehicle can be increased, or by applying brakes the speed of a running vehicle can be decreased. - Force can change the shape and size of an object.
Example: By hammering, a block of metal can be turned into a thin sheet. By hammering, a stone can be broken into pieces.
Question for Chapter Notes: Force and Laws of Motion
Try yourself:Which of the following statements best defines force?
Explanation
In the given context, force is defined as the push or pull that is applied to an object.
- While option A mentions that force changes the state of an object at rest or in motion, and option D states that force can change the direction and velocity of an object, these statements are partial descriptions of force. They do not encompass the complete definition.
- Option B, stating that force is the energy that enables us to do any work, is not an accurate definition. While force is involved in doing work, it is not synonymous with energy itself.
- Therefore, the most accurate and comprehensive definition of force among the given options is C) Force is the push or pull applied to an object.
Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
In physics, forces can be classified as balanced or unbalanced based on their effects on an object's motion. Mentioned below are the details of both these forces:
Balanced and Unbalanced Forces
Balanced Forces
If the resultant of applied forces is equal to zero, it is called balanced forces.
Balanced Force
- Example: In the tug of war if both the team apply similar magnitude of forces in opposite directions, the rope does not move in either side. This happens because of balanced forces in which the resultant of applied forces become zero.
- Balanced forces do not cause any change of state of an object. Balanced forces are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction.
- Balanced forces can change the shape and size of an object.
Example: When forces are applied from both sides over a balloon, the size and shape of the balloon are changed.
Unbalanced Forces
If the resultant of applied forces are greater than zero, the forces are called unbalanced forces. An object at rest can be moved because of applying unbalanced forces.
Unbalanced Force
Unbalanced forces can do the following:
- Move a stationary object.
- Increase the speed of a moving object.
- Decrease the speed of a moving object.
- Stop a moving object.
- Change the shape and size of an object.
Question for Chapter Notes: Force and Laws of Motion
Try yourself:Which of the following statements best describes balanced forces?
Explanation
The given statement accurately describes balanced forces by stating that they do not cause a change in the state of an object. This aligns with the concept of balanced forces maintaining equilibrium.
- Option A, which states that balanced forces cause a change in the state of an object, is incorrect. Balanced forces do not cause any change in an object's motion.
- Option C, suggesting that balanced forces can only change the shape and size of an object, is incorrect as well. While balanced forces can have an effect on the shape and size of an object, they are not limited to these changes alone.
- Option D, claiming that balanced forces are always greater than zero and can stop a moving object, is incorrect. Balanced forces have a net force of zero, meaning their magnitudes are equal and opposite. They do not stop a moving object; instead, they maintain its constant velocity or keep a stationary object at rest.
Therefore, the most accurate description of balanced forces among the given options is B) Balanced forces have a resultant of zero and do not cause a change in the state of an object.
Galileo's Idea of Motion
Galileo, first of all, said that objects move at a constant speed when no forces act on them.
Galileo's Idea of Motion
- This means if an object is moving on a frictionless path and no other force is acting upon it, the object would be moving forever. That is, there is no unbalanced force working on the object.
- But practically it is not possible for any object. Because to attain the condition of zero, the unbalanced force is impossible.
- Force of friction, Force of air, and many other forces are always acting upon an object.
Newton’s Laws of Motion
Newton studied the ideas of Galileo and gave the three laws of motion. These laws are known as Newton’s laws of motion:
(i) Newton’s First Law of Motion (Law of Inertia).
(ii) Newton’s Second Law of Motion.
(iii) Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
1. Newton’s First Law of Motion (Law of Inertia)
Any object remains in the state of rest or uniform motion along a straight line until it is compelled to change the state by applying an external force.
Illustration of Newton's First Law of Motion
Explanation
- If any object is in the state of rest, then it will remain in rest until an external force is applied to change its state.
- Similarly, an object will remain in motion until an external force is applied over it to change its state.
- This means all objects resist changing their state. The state of any object can be changed by applying external forces only.
Examples of Newton’s First Law of Motion in Everyday Life
- A person standing inside a bus falls backwards when the bus starts moving suddenly.
Explanation: This happens because the person and bus both are at rest while the bus is not moving, but as the bus starts moving, the legs of the person start moving along with the bus, but the rest portion of his body has the tendency to remain in rest. Because of this, the person falls backwards; if he is not alert. - A person standing inside a moving bus falls forward if the driver applies brakes suddenly.
Explanation: This happens because when the bus is moving, the person standing in it is also in motion along with the bus. But when the driver applies brakes the speed of the bus decreases suddenly or the bus comes into the state of rest suddenly, in this condition the legs of the person, which are in contact with the bus come in rest while the rest part of his body tends to remain in motion. Because of this person falls forward if he is not alert. - Before hanging the wet clothes over the laundry line, usually many jerks are given to the clothes to get them dried quickly. Because of jerks, droplets of water from the pores of the cloth fall on the ground, and a reduced amount of water in clothes dries them quickly.
Explanation: This happens because when suddenly clothes are made in motion by giving jerks, the water droplets in them have the tendency to remain in rest and they are separated from clothes and fall on the ground. - When the pile of coin on the carom-board is hit by a striker, the coin only at the bottom moves away leaving the rest of the pile of the coin in the same place.
Explanation: This happens because when the pile is struck with a striker, the coin at the bottom comes in motion while the rest of the coin in the pile has the tendency to remain in the rest and they vertically fall on the carom-board and remain at the same place.
Inertia and Mass
- The property of an object because of which it resists getting disturbed its state is called inertia.
In other words, the natural tendency of an object that resists the change in the state of motion or rest of the object is called inertia. - The inertia of an object is measured by its mass. Inertia is directly proportional to the mass of the object.
Inertia increases with an increase in mass and decreases with a decrease in mass.
- A heavy object will have more inertia than the lighter one.
Since a heavy object has more inertia, thus it is difficult to push or pull a heavy box over the ground than the lighter one.
2. Newton’s Second Law of Motion
The rate of change of momentum of an object is proportional to the applied unbalanced force in the direction of the force.
Illustration of Force depending on Mass and Acceleration. (a) Momentum
- Momentum is the power of motion of an object.
- The product of velocity and mass is called momentum.
Momentum is denoted by ‘p’. - Therefore, Momentum of the object = Mass × Velocity (p = m × v),
where p = momentum, m = mass of the object and v = velocity of the object.
Some explanations to understand the momentum:
- A person gets injured in the case of hitting a moving object, such as stone, pebbles, or anything because of the momentum of the object.
- Even a small bullet can kill a person when it is fired from a gun because of its momentum due to great velocity.
- A person gets injured severely when hit by a moving vehicle because of the momentum of the vehicle due to mass and velocity.
(b) Momentum and Mass
Since momentum is the product of mass and velocity (p = m × v) of an object. This means momentum is directly proportional to mass and velocity. Momentum increases with the increase of either mass or velocity of an object.
This means if a lighter and a heavier object is moving with the same velocity, then the heavier object will have more momentum than the lighter one.
If a small object is moving with great velocity, it has tremendous momentum. And because of momentum, it can harm an object more severely.
Example: A small bullet having a little mass even kills a person when it is fired from a gun.- Usually, road accidents prove more fatal because of high speed than slower speed. This happens because vehicles running at high speed have greater momentum compared to a vehicle running with a slower speed.
(c) Unit of Momentum
- We know that,
Momentum (p) = m × v - SI unit of mass = kg
- SI unit of velocity = m/s
Therefore,
p = kg × m/s ⇒ p = kgm/s
The momentum of an object which is in the state of rest:
Let, an object with mass ‘m’ is in the rest.
Since, the object is at rest, therefore, its velocity, v = 0
∵ Momentum = mass × velocity
⇒ p = m × 0 = 0
Thus, the momentum of an object in the rest, i.e. non-moving is equal to zero.
Numerical Problems Based on Momentum
Example 1: What will be the momentum of a stone that has a mass of 10 kg when it is thrown with a velocity of 2 m/s?
Solution: Mass (m) = 10 kg, Velocity (v) = 2 m/s.
∵ Momentum (p) = Mass (m) × Velocity (v)
⇒ p = 10 kg × 2 m/s = 20 kg m/s.
Thus, the momentum of the stone = 20 kg m/s.
Example 2: Calculate the momentum of a bullet of 25 g when it is fired from a gun with a velocity of 100 m/s.
Solution: Given, Velocity of the bullet (v) = 100 m/s,
Mass of the bullet (m) = 25 g = 25/1000 kg = 0.025 kg.
∵ p = m × v
⇒ p = 0.025 × 100 = 2.5 kg m/s.
Thus, Momentum of the bullet = 2.5 kg m/s.
Example 3: Calculate the momentum of a bullet having a mass of 25 g is thrown using a hand with a velocity of 0.1 m/s.
Solution: Given, Velocity of the bullet (v) = 0.1 m/s,
Mass of the bullet (m) = 25 g = 25/1000 kg = 0.025 kg.
∵ Momentum (p) = Mass (m) × Velocity (v)
⇒ p = 0.025 kg × 0.1 = 0.0025 kg m/s
Thus, Momentum of the bullet = 0.0025 kg m/s.
Example 4: The mass of a goods lorry is 4000 kg and the mass of goods loaded on it is 20000 kg. If the lorry is moving with a velocity of 2 m/s, what will be its momentum?
Solution: Velocity (v) = 2 m/s
⇒ Mass of lorry = 4000 kg
⇒ Mass of goods on the lorry = 20000 kg.
⇒ Total mass (m) on the lorry = 4000 kg + 20000 kg = 24000 kg
∵ Momentum (p) = Mass (m) × Velocity (v)
⇒ p = 24000 kg × 2 = 48000 kg m/s
Thus, Momentum of the lorry = 48000 kg m/s.
Example 5: A car having a mass of 1000 kg is moving with a velocity of 0.5 m/s. What will be its momentum?
Solution: Velocity of the car (v) = 0.5 m/s
⇒ Mass of the car (m) = 1000 kg.
∵ Momentum (p) = Mass (m) × Velocity (v)
⇒ p = 1000 kg × 0.5 m/s = 500 kg m/s
Thus, Momentum of the car = 500 kg m/s.
(d) Mathematical Expression of Second Law of Motion
Suppose,
Mass of an object = m kg
Initial velocity of an object = u m/s,
Final velocity of an object = v m/s.
Initial momentum, p_{1} = mu, Final momentum, p_{2} = mv.
Change in momentum = Final momentum – Initial momentum
Change in momentum = mv – mu = m(v – u)
Rate of change of momentum = Change in momentum/Time taken
Rate of change of momentum = m(v-u)/t
According to 2nd law, this rate of change is momentum is directly proportional to force, i.e.
Newton's Second Law of Motion
We know that:
a = (v-u)/t (From 1st equation of motion)
⇒ F = kma, where k is a constant.
Its value can be assumed as 1.
⇒ F = 1 × m × a = ma
SI unit = kgms^{-2} or Newton
(e) Proof of Newton’s First Law of Motion from the Second Law
The first law states that if external force F = 0, then a moving body keeps moving with the same velocity, or a body at rest continues to be at rest.
⇒ F = 0
We know, F = m(v-u)/t
- A body is moving with initial velocity u then,
m(v-u)/t = 0 ⇒ v – u = 0
⇒ v = u
Thus, final velocity is also same. - A body is at rest i.e., u = 0
⇒ u = v = 0
Hence, the body will continue to be at rest.
3. Newton’s Third Law of Motion
According to Newton's third Law of Motion, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Illustration of 3rd Law of Motion.
Applications
- Walking is enabled by the 3rd law.
- A boat moves back when we deboard it.
- A gun recoils.
- Rowing of a boat.
Law of Conservation of Momentum (Old Syllabus)
When two (or more) bodies act upon one another, their total momentum remains constant (or conserved) provided no external forces are acting.
Initial momentum = Final momentum
Law of Conservation of Momentum
- Suppose, two objects A and B each of mass m_{1} and mass m_{2} are moving initially with velocities u_{1} and u_{2}, strike each other after time t and start moving with velocities v_{1} and v_{2} respectively.
Illustration of the Law of Conservation of Momentum
- Now,
Initial momentum of object A = m_{1}u_{1, }Initial momentum of object B = m_{2}u_{2}
Final momentum of object A = m_{1}v_{1,}Final momentum of object B = m_{2}v_{2} - So,
Rate of change of momentum in A, F_{1} = (m_{1}v_{1} - m_{1}u_{1})t = m_{1}(v_{1} - u_{1})/t ....(i)
Rate of change of momentum in B, F_{2} = (m_{2}v_{2} - m_{2}u_{2})t = m_{2}(v_{2} - u_{2})/t....(ii) - We know from the 3rd law of motion, F_{1} = − F_{2}
- So, m_{1}(v_{1} - u_{1})/t = -m_{2}(v_{2} - u_{2})/t
⇒ m_{1}v_{1} – m_{2}u_{2} = −m_{2}v_{2} + m_{1}u_{1}
⇒ m_{1}u_{1} + m_{2}u_{2} = m_{1}v_{1} + m_{2}v_{2} - Thus, Initial momentum = Final momentum
Numerical Problems Based on Conservation of Momentum
Example 1: A bullet of mass 20 g is fired horizontally with a velocity of 150 m/s from a pistol of mass 2 kg. Find the recoil velocity of the pistol.Solution:
Given:
Mass (m_{1}) of bullet = 20 g = 0.02 kg
Mass (m_{2}) of pistol = 2 kg
v_{1} for bullet = 150
Initially, the bullet is inside the gun and it is not moving.
∵ Mass = m_{1}+m_{2} = (0.02 + 2) kg = 2.02 kg, and u_{1} = 0
⇒ Initial momentum = 2.02 × 0 = 0 ....(i)
Let the velocity of the pistol be v_{2.}
⇒ Final momentum = m_{1}v_{1} + m_{2}v_{2 }= 0.02×150 + 2v_{2} ...(ii)
∵ Initial momentum = Final momentum
⇒ (0.02×150)/100 + 2v_{2} = 0 [From equations (i) and (ii)]
⇒ 3 + 2v_{2} = 0
⇒ 2v_{2} = −3
⇒ v_{2} = −1.5 m/s.
(−) ve sign indicates that gun recoils in direction opposite to that of the bullet.
Example 2: Two hockey players viz A of mass 50 kg is moving with a velocity of 4 m/s and another one B belonging to the opposite team with mass 60 kg is moving with 3 m/s, get entangled while chasing and fall. Find the velocity with which they fall down and in which direction?
A Collision of Two Hockey Players: (a) Before the Collision and (b) After the Collision
Solution:
Given, m
_{A} = 50 kg, u
_{A} = 4 m/s, m
_{B} = 60 kg, u
_{B} = 3 m/s.
Initial momentum A = m
_{A}u
_{A} = 50 × 4 = 200 kgm/s,
Initial momentum B = m
_{B}u
_{B} = 60 × 3 = 180 kgm/s.
⇒ Total initial momentum = 200 + 180 = 380 kgm/s ....(i)
⇒ Final momentum = (m
_{A} + m
_{B})v = (50 + 60)v = 110v ....(ii)
According to the law of conservation of momentum:
Initial momentum = Final momentum⇒ 380 = 110v
⇒ v = 380/110 = 3.454 m/s.