# 3 Laws Of Motion

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```					                    According to Newton's first law...

An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted
on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion
continues in motion with the same speed and in
the same direction unless acted upon by an
unbalanced force.
This law is often called
"the law of inertia".

What does this mean?

This means that there is a natural
tendency of objects to keep on
doing what they're doing. All
objects resist changes in their state of motion. In
the absence of an unbalanced force, an object in
motion will maintain this state of motion.

Let's study the "skater" to understand this a little better.
What is the motion in this picture?

What is the unbalanced force in this picture?

What happened to the skater in this picture?

This law is the same reason why you should always wear your seatbelt.

Now that you understand
Newton's First Law of Motion,
let's go on to his Second Law of Motion.
According to Newton's second law...

Acceleration is produced when a force acts on a
mass. The greater the mass (of the object being
accelerated) the greater the amount of force
needed (to accelerate the object).

What does this mean?

Everyone unconsiously knows the
Second Law. Everyone knows that
heavier objects require more force
to move the same distance as lighter objects.
However, the Second Law gives us an exact
relationship between force, mass, and acceleration.
It can be expressed as a mathematical equation:

or
FORCE = MASS times ACCELERATION

This is an example of how Newton's Second Law
works:
Mike's car, which weighs 1,000 kg, is out of gas.
Mike is trying to push the car to a gas station, and
he makes the car go 0.05 m/s/s. Using Newton's
Second Law, you can compute how much force Mike
is applying to the car.

This is easy, let's go on to
Newton's Third Law of Motion
According to Newton's third law...

For every action there is an equal and opposite
re-action.

What does this mean?

This means that for every force
there is a reaction force that is
equal in size, but opposite in
direction. That is to say that whenever an object
pushes another object it gets pushed back in the
opposite direction equally hard.

Let's study how a rocket works to understand
Newton's Third Law.
The rocket's action is to push down on the ground
with the force of its powerful engines, and the
reaction is that the ground pushes the rocket
upwards with an equal force.

UP,
UP,
and
AWAY!