# Balanced Force Examples in Daily Life

A force which is having the same magnitude and opposite direction is known as a balanced force.

In case of balanced force, all the forces acting on an object balances each other. Hence, an object is said to be in equilibrium condition. (i.e., Object will not accelerate)

Here are some examples of balanced force in daily life:

• #1 Force that balances a rope when pulled from opposite ends
• #2 Force that balances a man sleeping on the sofa
• #3 Force that balances a fruit hanging on the tree
• #4 Force that balances a lamp placed on the flat surface
• #5 Force that balances a motorcycle standing on the road
• #6 Force that balances a large stone resting on the land
• #7 Force that balances a fan hanging on the ceiling
• #8 Force that balances a person standing on the floor
• #9 Force that balances a sand ball placed on the hand
• #10 Force that balances a computer placed on the table
• #11 Force that balances a book lying on the desk
• #12 Force that balances a cloth hanging on the rod
• #13 Force that balances a boy sitting on the chair

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

## #1 Force that balances a rope when pulled from opposite ends

If you’ve played the tug of war game, then you know that… in this game there are two teams standing at opposite ends pulling the rope. Any one of these two teams who pulls the rope on their side wins this game.

But let’s assume that, one situation comes, when both the teams are applying equal amounts of force to pull the rope. None of these two teams are moving and the rope is also not moving.

Do you know… in this situation, there is a balanced force acting on the rope? But how?

It’s simple. Did you notice something… both teams are pulling the rope with the same amount of force? And the direction of the force is also opposite.

So, both teams are applying the same magnitude of force to pull the rope and also the rope is being pulled in the opposite direction.

This type of force is known as a balanced force. So if you are playing the tug of war game and you see the rope is not moving then, assume that there is a balanced force acting on the rope.

(Because you know that… in case of balanced force, the object do not accelerate)

## #2 Force that balances a man sleeping on the sofa

This is a real life example of a balanced force that you are experiencing everyday. When you sit or sleep on the sofa, at that time there is a balanced force acting on you. Do you know how?

Look, when you sit or sleep on the sofa at that time, the first force that is acting on you is gravity which pulls you in the downward direction.

At the same time, one another force acts on you in the upward direction which is known as a normal force. The surface of the sofa exerts one supportive force on you, so that you do not pass through the sofa.

So when you are sitting or sleeping on the sofa, at that time there are two forces acting on you. These two forces are acting in the opposite directions and their magnitudes are also the same.

And in this condition you are also not moving. So this type of force is known as a balanced force.

Therefore, when you are sitting or sleeping on the sofa, at that time there is a balanced force acting on you.

## #3 Force that balances a fruit hanging on the tree

You have definitely seen a fruit hanging on a tree branch. But have you ever wondered how the balanced force acts on this fruit?

Don’t worry, I’ll explain.

You already know that… in case of balanced force, the object does not accelerate, right. Here also the same thing happens. A fruit is not moving.

When a fruit hangs from a tree branch, at that time there are two forces acting on it. One, which a tree branch exerts on a fruit in the upward direction. Two, which is the weight of a fruit. (i.e., Gravity exerts a force on a fruit and pulls it in the downward direction)

Both these forces balance each other so they cancel out. This type of force is known as a balanced force. As these two forces are having the same magnitude and are acting in the opposite direction.

Therefore, when a fruit is hanging on a tree branch, at that time there is a balanced force acting on it. That’s the reason why the fruit does not move from its position… if you have noticed.

## #4 Force that balances a lamp placed on the flat surface

If you have a night lamp in your room, then you should know how balanced force acts on it. Do you know?

It’s very simple. Look, when a night lamp is placed on the flat surface, it is resting in a steady position, right? At this time a night lamp is balanced by two forces…

First force, flat surface exerts on the night lamp (in the upward direction) so that the night lamp does not pass through the flat surface. And the second force is gravity. Gravity pulls the night lamp in the downward direction.

Now both these forces are acting in the opposite direction and the magnitude of both these forces are also the same. So this type of force is known as a balanced force.

Therefore, when a night lamp is placed on the flat surface, at that time there is a balanced force acting on it. That’s the reason why night lamp do not move from the flat surface.

## #5 Force that balances a motorcycle standing on the road

When you go to school, you take your motorcycle with you and park it in the parking lot. After you’ve parked it in a parking lot you can see how nicely your motorcycle is standing in a balanced condition.

It means that your motorcycle is not moving from its position. So, is there any force acting on it?

The answer is Yes. Motorcycle which is standing on a road is balanced by two forces.

One force acts in the upward direction, which the surface of the road exerts on a motorcycle. This force is known as a normal force. This force supports a motorcycle so that it does not pass through the road.

Second force is a gravity force. Means, gravity pulls the motorcycle in the downward direction.

The main thing about both these two forces is… both forces are having the same magnitude and the direction of both forces are also opposite. So we can say this force is a balanced force.

Therefore, when a motorcycle is parked on the road, at that time there is a balanced force acting on it. And that’s why your motorcycle is not moving.

(Because you know that… object do not accelerate, in case of balanced force)

## #6 Force that balances a large stone resting on the land

This example is best for understanding the exact meaning of balanced force. You’ve definitely seen a large stone resting on the land, right?

But do you know how a balanced force acts on this large stone?

Look, one thing is clear that a balanced force is acting on this stone, because as you know… in case of balanced force, objects do not accelerate.

Now we’ll see how a balanced force acts on this large stone. First of all, two forces are acting on this large stone.

The first force is exerted by the surface of the land on the stone, in the upward direction which is also known as a normal force. And the second force is the gravity force, which pulls the stone in the downward direction.

Normal force supports the stone in such a way that it does not pass through the land and the gravity force pulls the stone in the downward direction.

And both these forces are having the same magnitude and are acting in the opposite direction. So this force is a balanced force.

Therefore, when a stone is resting on the land, at that time there is a balanced force acting on it. That’s the only reason why the stone is in a steady position.

## #7 Force that balances a fan hanging on the ceiling

Do you know why the fan hanging on the ceiling does not fall?

The reason is simple. The fan hanging on the ceiling is in a balanced condition. Or we can say that, there is a balanced force acting on it.

This means that a ceiling fan is balanced by the upward and the downward force. The rod attached with the fan, pulls it in the upward direction and the weight of the fan pulls it in the downward direction.

Both these forces balance each other and they cancel out. Now these two forces are acting in the opposite direction and having the same magnitude.

And you know that… if a force is having the same magnitude and is acting in the opposite direction, then it is known as a balanced force.

Therefore, when a fan is hanging on the ceiling, at that time there is a balanced force acting on it.

## #8 Force that balances a person standing on the floor

You’ll surely understand the exact meaning of balanced force by this example. Suppose that a person is standing on the floor. Can you think and tell me, at this time, how the balanced force acts on the person?

You can easily answer this question if you have properly read the definition of balanced force above.

Answer is simple. When the person is standing on the floor, at that time there are two forces acting on the person.

One, is the normal force which supports the person and does not allow the person to pass through the floor. This force acts in the upward direction.

Second, is the gravity force which pulls the person downwards. This force acts in the downward direction.

Both these forces are acting in the opposite direction and the magnitude of these forces are also the same. So this type of force is known as a balanced force.

That’s why, when a person is standing on the floor, at that time there is a balanced force acting on him/her.

## #9 Force that balances a sand ball placed on the hand

Simply if you place a sand ball on your hand, then a balanced force acts on a sand ball.

When a sand ball is placed on the hand, at that time two forces act on it. One is the normal force, which the hand exerts on the sand ball in the upward direction and the second is the gravity force, which pulls the sand ball in the downward direction.

Both these forces are acting in the opposite direction and are having the same magnitude. So they cancel each other out.

This type of force is known as a balanced force. And you know that… when an object experiences a balanced force, then that object will not accelerate.

Here also the same thing happens. When a sand ball is placed on the hand, at that time the sand ball is not accelerating. The reason behind this is the balanced force.

## #10 Force that balances a computer placed on the table

You surely have a computer or a laptop in your home, right. Suppose that a computer or a laptop is placed on the table.

Do you know that when a computer is placed on the table or when it is already resting on the table, at that time there is a balanced force acting on it?

There are two forces acting on a computer that balances it and do not allow it to accelerate from its position.

First force, the table exerts on a computer in the upward direction which is known as a normal force. This normal force supports the computer so that it does not pass through the table.

And the second force pulls the computer downwards. This force is known as the gravity force.

So both these forces balance a computer and do not allow it to accelerate from its position.

That’s why, when a computer is placed on the table, at that time there are two forces (of equal magnitudes) acting on a computer in the opposite directions which is known as a balanced force.

## #11 Force that balances a book lying on the desk

Have you ever wondered how balanced force acts on a book, when it is resting on the desk?

Yes, you have guessed it right. Two forces act on the book which balances it on the desk.

One force acts in the upward direction and the second force acts in the downward direction.

The first one, that is acting in the upward direction is known as a normal force. This force supports the book so that it does not pass through the desk.

The second one, that is acting in the downward direction is known as a gravity force. This force pulls the book downwards.

And both these forces balance the book and do not allow it to accelerate. (Both forces are having the same magnitude and are acting in the opposite direction)

Therefore, when a book is placed on the desk, at that time there is a balanced force acting on it.

## #12 Force that balances a cloth hanging on the rod

You guys have gone to the shopping mall? If yes, then you have definitely seen the variety of clothes hanging on the metal rod.

Looking at all those different clothes hanging on the metal rod, have you ever wondered how the balanced force acts on them?

The answer is simple. Two forces are acting on the clothes… First force is exerted by the hanger of the clothes, in the upward direction. And the second force is the gravity force, which pulls the clothes downwards.

In this way, both forces balance the clothes in such a way that there is no movement of the clothes. So we can say this force is a balanced force.

(Because you know that… If the force has the same magnitude and the opposite direction, then it is known as a balanced force)

## #13 Force that balances a boy sitting on the chair

We all experience this example at least once in a whole day. What happens when you sit on the chair? You come in a balanced condition, right.

I think now you know how the balanced force acts on you when you’re sitting on the chair.

When you are sitting on the chair… One force (which is known as the normal force) acts on you in the upward direction. This force is exerted by the surface of the chair on you, so that you do not pass through the chair.

And the second force (which is known as the gravity force) pulls you in the downward direction. This is actually your weight which is pulling you downwards.

Now these two forces have the same magnitude and are acting in the opposite direction. So this force is known as the balanced force.

Therefore, when you sit on the chair, at that time there is a balanced force acting on you.

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