Class 11 Physics Laws of Motion Balanced Unbalanced forces

Balanced & Unbalanced forces

Balanced Forces:

  • Equal & Opposite forces
  • Do not cause any change in motion

Unbalanced Forces:

  • Unequal forces
  • Can be in the same or opposite direction
  • Causes a change in motion


For example, in Tug of war, If teams 1 & 2 apply equal forces in opposite directions, there would be no net force. This is Balanced force.

However, if Team 1 exerts more force than Team 2, then there would be a net movement towards Team 1 and Team 1 would win. This is unbalanced force.

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