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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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FBD, Newton's Laws, Newton's Laws of Motion, force diagrams, force representations, forces, free body diagram, net force, tutorial
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### 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.

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.

Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Newton's Second Law & Net Force

This tutorial instructs students in how to construct free body diagrams that represent common physical situations. More than 10 examples are provided, with annotated solutions provided by the author.

Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Force Diagrams

This tutorial instructs students in how to construct free body diagrams that represent common physical situations. More than 10 examples are provided, with annotated solutions provided by the author.

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