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# What is it called when two forces go in the opposite direction?

Updated: 8/10/2023 Wiki User

12y ago

If the forces are equal then the net force is 0.

If one force is greater than the other than whatever is having the two forces exerted on it will move in the direction of the greater force's direction. The total force will equal the greater force - lesser force.

You can draw it in vectors to help visualize.

e.g.

F1 <------------------*-------> F2

let's say F1 = 5 newtons and F2 = 2 newtons. The combined force would equal 3 newtons going <- direction. Wiki User

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In that case, the vector sum of the forces is zero; the forces are said to be balanced. You can also get balanced forces with more than two forces, for example, three forces of the same magnitude at an angle of 120 degrees to one another.   Wiki User

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balanced Forces   Wiki User

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action-reaction, Newton's Third Law   Wiki User

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The object is in equilibrium.   Earn +20 pts
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### How can 2 forces be balanced?

Yes. Two forces that are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction would be balanced.

### Why don't two forces balance each other?

Two forces do balance each other out, as long as the two forces are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction.

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