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unit 1 vocabulary

TermDefinition
Applied Force (Fa) the support force exerted upon an object that is in contact with another stable object. It is in the direction of the push or pull.
Normal Force (Fn) A contact force that is exerted by a surface against an object that is pressing against the surface. It is perpendicular to the surface and present whenever atoms are being “crunched”. AKA “crunchy force”
Tension Force (Ft) Contact force exerted by a taut string, rope, or wire on an object . It is along the rope and present whenever a rope is taut.
Friction Force (Ff) the force exerted by a surface as an object moves across it or makes an effort to move across it. It is parallel to the surface in the direction opposite of the motion or attempted motion.
Air Resistance/Drag (Fd or Fair) a special type of frictional force that acts upon objects as they travel through the air/fluid. It is in the opposite direction of the motion of the object.
Spring (Elastic) Force (Fs) A contact force exerted on an object by a spring or elastic object when it is stretched or compressed . It is along the spring in a direction that would restore the spring/elastic material to its relaxed position.
Thrust (Fthrust) A contact force that is exerted in the opposite direction of an exhaust gas being expelled.