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What can zero net force do to an object?


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Answered 2011-03-28 05:11:23

Zero net force on a object means that the velocity of the object stays constant (this includes 0, when the object is not moving).

Lets look at Newton's 2nd law of motion:

Fnet=ma

An object can never have a 0 mass (then it wouldn't exist). Therefore, the acceleration has to be 0 for the net force to be zero.

Recall at acceleration is the change of velocity over time. In order for the acceleration to be zero, the velocity has to be constant.

If the object is at 0 velocity (not moving), the object would remain unmoving when a net force of 0 is applied to it.

If the object is moving at a certain velocity, it would remain at that velocity.

Therefore, a zero not force cannot do anything to an object.

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