Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

By Anna Brummal

The cats are balanced because one cat is 200N, and so is the other cat.

Balanced forces are when something is staying still - it is not in motion. Or it could be like a satellite dish that is orbiting the moon. In that case, it is staying at a constant speed, so it is still a balanced force.

This satellite is keeping a constant speed, so it is a balanced force
This is an example of balanced forces because they are putting an equal amount of force on the block.

A unbalanced force causes a change in motion. Like in a tug of war, if one side is pulling harder than the other side, it is an example of unbalanced force. An unbalanced force either stops moving, starts moving, or change the direction it was moving.

This is a unbalanced force because the left side is pulling harder than the right side
This is unbalanced because Daniel and Maria are pulling harder than the other team.
Linus is applying more force than Charlie Brown is.

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