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## Introduction to free body diagrams

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## Solving Force Problems in Physics by Using Free-Body Diagrams

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## Free Body Diagram

## What is a Free Body Diagram?

A free body diagram is defined as:

## Features of Free Body Diagram

- A simplified version of the body (most commonly a box)
- A coordinate system
- Forces are represented as arrows pointing in the direction they act on the body
- Moments showed as curved arrows pointing in the direction they act on the body

## Exclusions in Free Body Diagram

Some of the things that a free body diagram excludes are as follows:

## What is the purpose of a free body diagram?

## How to make a free body diagram?

In the section, we will explain the step-by-step procedure of drawing a free body diagram:

1. Identify the Contact Forces

3. Draw a coordinate system and label positive directions.

6. If there is acceleration in the system, then draw and label the acceleration vector.

## Free Body Diagram Examples

In this section, we have listed free diagrams considered under different scenarios.

1. A bottle is resting on a tabletop. Draw the forces acting on the bottle.

## Free Body Diagram Solved Problem

Example: Draw a free body diagram of three blocks placed one over the other as shown in the figure.

The forces acting on the individual elements of the system are shown below:

Description of Forces acting on each block:

W C =m C g= its weight, acting downward

N B = normal reaction on “C” due to the upper surface of block B, acting upward

W B =m B g= its weight, acting downward

N B = normal reaction on “B” due to the lower surface of block C, acting downward

N A = normal reaction on “B” due to the upper surface of block A, acting upward

The forces on the block “A” are :

W A =m A g= its weight, acting downward

N A = normal reaction on “A” due to the lower surface of block B, acting downward

N O = normal reaction on “A” due to horizontal surface, acting upward

The FBD of the blocks as points with external forces are shown here.

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## 5.7 Drawing Free-Body Diagrams

By the end of the section, you will be able to:

- Explain the rules for drawing a free-body diagram
- Construct free-body diagrams for different situations

## Problem-Solving Strategy: Constructing Free-Body Diagrams

Observe the following rules when constructing a free-body diagram:

- Draw the object under consideration; it does not have to be artistic. At first, you may want to draw a circle around the object of interest to be sure you focus on labeling the forces acting on the object. If you are treating the object as a particle (no size or shape and no rotation), represent the object as a point. We often place this point at the origin of an xy -coordinate system.
- Include all forces that act on the object, representing these forces as vectors. Consider the types of forces described in Common Forces —normal force, friction, tension, and spring force—as well as weight and applied force. Do not include the net force on the object. With the exception of gravity, all of the forces we have discussed require direct contact with the object. However, forces that the object exerts on its environment must not be included. We never include both forces of an action-reaction pair.
- Convert the free-body diagram into a more detailed diagram showing the x – and y -components of a given force (this is often helpful when solving a problem using Newton’s first or second law). In this case, place a squiggly line through the original vector to show that it is no longer in play—it has been replaced by its x – and y -components.
- If there are two or more objects, or bodies, in the problem, draw a separate free-body diagram for each object.

## Two Blocks on an Inclined Plane

Construct the free-body diagram for object A and object B in Figure .

We follow the four steps listed in the problem-solving strategy.

## Significance

## Two Blocks in Contact

A force is applied to two blocks in contact, as shown.

## Block on the Table (Coupled Blocks)

## Check Your Understanding

- To draw a free-body diagram, we draw the object of interest, draw all forces acting on that object, and resolve all force vectors into x – and y -components. We must draw a separate free-body diagram for each object in the problem.
- A free-body diagram is a useful means of describing and analyzing all the forces that act on a body to determine equilibrium according to Newton’s first law or acceleration according to Newton’s second law.

## Key Equations

Two forces of different types: weight acting downward and normal force acting upward

## Additional Problems

a. [latex]{F}_{\text{net}}=\frac{m({v}^{2}-{v}_{0}{}^{2})}{2x}[/latex]; b. 2590 N

Find the acceleration of the body of mass 10.0 kg shown below.

(We add [latex]180^\circ[/latex], because the angle is in quadrant IV.)

## Challenge Problems

[latex]\frac{F}{m}{t}^{2}[/latex]

[latex]0.548\,{\text{m/s}}^{2}[/latex]

a. [latex]0.900\mathbf{\hat{i}}+0.600\mathbf{\hat{j}}\,\text{N}[/latex]; b. 1.08 N

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## Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

- Explain the rules for drawing a free-body diagram
- Construct free-body diagrams for different situations

## Problem-Solving Strategy

Constructing free-body diagrams.

Observe the following rules when constructing a free-body diagram:

- Draw the object under consideration; it does not have to be artistic. At first, you may want to draw a circle around the object of interest to be sure you focus on labeling the forces acting on the object. If you are treating the object as a particle (no size or shape and no rotation), represent the object as a point. We often place this point at the origin of an xy -coordinate system.
- Include all forces that act on the object, representing these forces as vectors. Consider the types of forces described in Common Forces —normal force, friction, tension, and spring force—as well as weight and applied force. Do not include the net force on the object. With the exception of gravity, all of the forces we have discussed require direct contact with the object. However, forces that the object exerts on its environment must not be included. We never include both forces of an action-reaction pair.
- Convert the free-body diagram into a more detailed diagram showing the x - and y -components of a given force (this is often helpful when solving a problem using Newton’s first or second law). In this case, place a squiggly line through the original vector to show that it is no longer in play—it has been replaced by its x - and y -components.
- If there are two or more objects, or bodies, in the problem, draw a separate free-body diagram for each object.

## Example 5.14

Two blocks on an inclined plane.

## Significance

Example 5.15, two blocks in contact.

## Example 5.16

Block on the table (coupled blocks).

## Check Your Understanding 5.10

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5.7 drawing free-body diagrams, learning objectives.

By the end of the section, you will be able to:

- Explain the rules for drawing a free-body diagram
- Construct free-body diagrams for different situations

## Problem-Solving Strategy: Constructing Free-Body Diagrams

Observe the following rules when constructing a free-body diagram:

- Draw the object under consideration; it does not have to be artistic. At first, you may want to draw a circle around the object of interest to be sure you focus on labeling the forces acting on the object. If you are treating the object as a particle (no size or shape and no rotation), represent the object as a point. We often place this point at the origin of an xy -coordinate system.
- Include all forces that act on the object, representing these forces as vectors. Consider the types of forces described in Common Forces —normal force, friction, tension, and spring force—as well as weight and applied force. Do not include the net force on the object. With the exception of gravity, all of the forces we have discussed require direct contact with the object. However, forces that the object exerts on its environment must not be included. We never include both forces of an action-reaction pair.
- Convert the free-body diagram into a more detailed diagram showing the x – and y -components of a given force (this is often helpful when solving a problem using Newton’s first or second law). In this case, place a squiggly line through the original vector to show that it is no longer in play—it has been replaced by its x – and y -components.
- If there are two or more objects, or bodies, in the problem, draw a separate free-body diagram for each object.

## Two Blocks on an Inclined Plane

Construct the free-body diagram for object A and object B in (Figure) .

We follow the four steps listed in the problem-solving strategy.

## Significance

## Two Blocks in Contact

A force is applied to two blocks in contact, as shown.

## Block on the Table (Coupled Blocks)

## Check Your Understanding

- To draw a free-body diagram, we draw the object of interest, draw all forces acting on that object, and resolve all force vectors into x – and y -components. We must draw a separate free-body diagram for each object in the problem.
- A free-body diagram is a useful means of describing and analyzing all the forces that act on a body to determine equilibrium according to Newton’s first law or acceleration according to Newton’s second law.

## Key Equations

## Additional Problems

a. [latex] {F}_{\text{net}}=\frac{m({v}^{2}-{v}_{0}{}^{2})}{2x} [/latex]; b. 2590 N

Find the acceleration of the body of mass 10.0 kg shown below.

(We add [latex] 180\text{°} [/latex], because the angle is in quadrant IV.)

## Challenge Problems

[latex] \frac{F}{m}{t}^{2} [/latex]

[latex] 0.548\,{\text{m/s}}^{2} [/latex]

a. [latex] 0.900\hat{i}+0.600\hat{j}\,\text{N} [/latex]; b. 1.08 N

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