Applied Force Examples in our Daily Life

Applied Force Examples

A force that is applied to an object by another object or a person is known as an applied force.

Here are some examples of applied force in daily life:

  • #1 Force applied on a bicycle to make it move forward
  • #2 Force applied on a bottle of hand soap to take out a liquid
  • #3 Force applied on a soft sponge ball to press it
  • #4 Force applied on a switch to turn on/off light
  • #5 Force applied on a lump of clay to give a shape
  • #6 Force applied on a book to lift it from floor
  • #7 Force applied on a bow to stretch it
  • #8 Force applied on a plastic bottle to crush it
  • #9 Force applied on a door to open/close it
  • #10 Force applied on a lid of glass jar to open/close it

Let’s one by one discuss the above mentioned examples in detail.

#1 Force applied on a bicycle to make it move forward

How do you feel, if you are riding a bicycle and you do not move further? But, when someone pushes you from the back side, then you will easily move further, right?

That is what the applied force means. A force that is applied to an object by another object or a person is known as an applied force.

Here also the same thing happens… when the bicycle is pushed with the hand from the back side, at that time the force of hand acts on the bicycle. And with this force of hand, the bicycle moves forward.

Therefore, when a bicycle is pushed with the hand, at that time there is an applied force acting on the bicycle.

#2 Force applied on a bottle of hand soap to take out a liquid

Applied Force Example - Hand Soap Bottle

We use the bottle of hand soap to wash our hands after dinner, right? During this time, have you noticed that… in order to take the liquid from this bottle, we press the lid of this hand soap bottle with our finger.

Do you know, at this time, how an applied force works here? It’s simple. When the lid of the bottle is pressed with the hand, at that time your finger applies the force on the lid and due to which the liquid comes out from the bottle.

This is nothing, but an applied force. (As you know… a force that is applied to an object by another object or a person is known as an applied force)

Therefore, when the lid of a hand soap bottle is pressed with the finger, at that time there is an applied force acting on the lid.

#3 Force applied on a soft sponge ball to press it

Applied Force Example - Sponge Ball

If you have the soft sponge ball at your home, then you should know what are the benefits of pressing this ball. Now do you know how applied force works, when the sponge ball is pressed with the hand?

It’s simple. When you are pressing the sponge ball with your hand, at that time your hand will exert some force on the sponge ball. This force of hand will press the sponge ball slowly.

And you know that… a force that is applied to an object by another object or a person is known as an applied force.

Therefore, when the sponge ball is pressed with the hand, at that time there is an applied force acting on the sponge ball.

#4 Force applied on a switch to turn on/off light

Applied Force Example - Switch

You know that… we turn OFF the lights in the morning. And similarly, we turn ON the lights in the evening.

When we turn ON/OFF the lights of our room, at that time we are applying some force on the switch. And because of this force of hand, the light is turned ON/OFF.

So when the light is turned ON/OFF, at this time… the first object (hand) applies the force on the second object (switch). This type of force is known as an applied force.

Therefore, when the light is turned ON/OFF with the hand, at that time there is an applied force acting on the switch.

(The definition of applied force also says the same thing… a force that is applied to an object by another object or a person is known as an applied force)

#5 Force applied on a lump of clay to give a shape

Applied Force Example - Lump of Clay

Have you seen any potter who is making a clay pot with his hand? If you have seen, then you know that… in order to make a perfect clay pot, the lump of clay is regularly shaped with the hand.

When the lump of clay is shaped with the hand, at that time an applied force acts on the lump of clay.

Because, the force of the hand acts on the lump of clay when the clay pot is made with the hand. And that’s how the clay pot gets the perfect shape.

Therefore, when a clay pot is made from the lump of clay with the hand, at that time there is an applied force acting on the lump of clay.

#6 Force applied on a book to lift it from floor

Applied Force Example - Book

Suppose that one book is resting on the floor and you want to lift that book. What will you do? Simply, you’ll use your hand, right.

When you lift the book with your hand, at that time the force of the hand is acting on the book.

So, here one object (hand) is applying the force on the other object (book).

And you know that… this type of force is known as an applied force. (Because, applied force is nothing but a force that is applied to an object by the another object or a person)

Therefore, when a book is lifted from the floor with the hand, at that time there is an applied force acting on the book.

#7 Force applied on a bow to stretch it

Applied Force Example - Bow

You have surely played the archery game on your mobile. Or you have definitely seen an archer in an olympic game.

What happens when an archer stretches the bow? Do you know at this time, there is an applied force acting on the bow?

Look, I’ll explain how an applied force acts on the bow. When an archer stretches the bow, at that time the bow is stretched with the hand, right. Which means that… one object (hand) is applying the force on the other object (bow).

This type of force is known as an applied force. Therefore, when a bow is stretched with the hand, at that time there is an applied force acting on the bow.

#8 Force applied on a plastic bottle to crush it

Do people like the sound of plastic bottles being crushed with the hand? Some people like it and some people don’t. But everyone likes to crush the plastic bottles, right?

If you want to crush one plastic bottle, then what will you do? You have to apply some force on the plastic bottle, right. Then you crush it with your hand or leg, it doesn’t matter.

And when a plastic bottle is crushed with the hand, at that time we can say that the applied force is acting on the bottle. Because while crushing the plastic bottle, the force of hand is acting on the plastic bottle.

Therefore, when a plastic bottle is crushed with the hand, at that time an applied force is acting on the plastic bottle.

#9 Force applied on a door to open/close it

Applied Force Example - Door

How does an applied force act on the door, when it is opened/closed with the hand?

Don’t worry, I’ll explain.

Think, why does the door move, when it is opened/closed with the hand? If you are thinking that… there is some force acting on the door, then you are right. That’s why the door moves due to the force of the hand.

So, we can say that one object (hand) is applying the force on the other object (door), right. And that’s the definition of applied force.

(A force that is applied to an object by another object or a person is known as an applied force)

Therefore, when a door is opened/closed with the hand, at that time there is applied force acting on the door.

#10 Force applied on a lid of glass jar to open/close it

Applied Force Example - Lid of Glass Jar

Do you like to eat pickles while you are having dinner? Sometimes, right?

Suppose that you are sitting on a dinner table and a pickle jar is placed on the table. And you want to take out the pickle from it.

Simply, what you will do… you will open the lid of the jar and take some pickle on the plate. Now can you explain to me, how an applied force acts while taking the pickle on the plate?

The answer is simple. When a pickle jar is opened with the hand, at that time the force of hand acts on the jar. Which means that the one object (hand) applies the force on the other object (lid of jar).

Therefore, when a pickle jar is opened/closed with the hand, at that time there is an applied force acting on the lid of the jar. You can notice this when you sit down for the next dinner.

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