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This editor-recommended interactive tutorial from The Physics Classroom will help students understand the process of constructing free body diagrams for physical situations. More than 10 examples are provided, with annotated solutions also provided by the author.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Second Law
= Interacting Objects
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
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© 1996 Tom Henderson
Keywords:
FBD, Newton's Laws, Newton's Laws of Motion, force diagrams, force representations, forces, free body diagram, net force, tutorial
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created March 27, 2011 by Tom Henderson
Record Updated:
July 13, 2012 by Zachary Davis
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July 1, 2011

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M1. Models are often used to think about processes that happen too slowly, too quickly, or on too small a scale to observe directly. They are also used for processes that are too vast, too complex, or too dangerous to study.
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T. Henderson, (1996), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/newtlaws/U2L2c.cfm).
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T. Henderson, Physics Classroom: Drawing Free-Body Diagrams, (1996), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/newtlaws/U2L2c.cfm>.
APA Format
Henderson, T. (2011, July 1). Physics Classroom: Drawing Free-Body Diagrams. Retrieved October 30, 2014, from http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/newtlaws/U2L2c.cfm
Chicago Format
Henderson, Tom. Physics Classroom: Drawing Free-Body Diagrams. July 1, 2011. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/newtlaws/U2L2c.cfm (accessed 30 October 2014).
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Henderson, Tom. Physics Classroom: Drawing Free-Body Diagrams. 1996. 1 July 2011. 30 Oct. 2014 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/newtlaws/U2L2c.cfm>.
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