Force Examples in our Daily Life (With Pictures)

Force Examples

In physics, a force is a push or a pull on an object. Any interaction that will cause a change in the motion of an object is known as a force.

(Whenever two objects interact with each other, a force is said to be acted upon them)

Here are some examples of force in daily life:

  • #1 Force of hand on a toy train, when it is pulled
  • #2 Force of leg on a ball, when it is kicked
  • #3 Force of hand on a glass of water, when it is picked up
  • #4 Force of horse on a horse cart, when a horse pulls it
  • #5 Force of fist on a punching bag, when a person hits it
  • #6 Force of hand on a door, when it is closed
  • #7 Force of hand on a trolley, when it is pushed
  • #8 Force of hand on a dumbbell, when it is lifted up
  • #9 Force of hand on a window, when it is opened

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

#1 Force of hand on a toy train, when it is pulled

Consider a toy train (having one small thread attached to it) resting on the floor.

When a thread attached to a toy train is pulled with the hand, there is an interaction produced between hand and thread.

This interaction produces a force which will make a toy train move forward.

So when a toy train is pulled with the hand, there is a force of hand acting on a toy train.

#2 Force of leg on a ball, when it is kicked

Force Example - Ball

Just think of a simple situation. What happens when someone kicks a ball with the leg?

The answer is simple. A ball will start to move forward up to a certain distance.

Now, what does this mean? 

The above sentence means that when a ball is kicked with the leg, there is a force acting on a ball.

But how is this force produced?

It’s simple. Because of the interaction produced between two objects.

(i.e., When a ball is kicked with the leg, there is an interaction produced between leg and ball. This interaction produces a force which will make a ball move forward)

So when a ball is kicked with the leg, there is a force of leg acting on a ball.

#3 Force of hand on a glass of water, when it is picked up

Force Example - Glass of Water

Consider one glass of water (placed in front of you) on a desk.

Suppose that you want to drink some water from this glass of water. How do you drink the water from it?

Simply, what you will do is… You will use your hand.

With the help of your hand, you will pick a glass of water and start drinking water from it, right.

Now when you’re picking a glass of water with your hand, there is an interaction produced between hand and glass.

This interaction produces a force by which a glass of water is picked up.

So when you’re picking a glass of water with your hand, there is a force of hand acting on a glass of water.

#4 Force of horse on a horse cart, when a horse pulls it

Force Example - Horse Cart

Have you seen any horse pulling a horse cart? Maybe you’ve seen it in a movie… (No worries, if you have not seen it)

My question here for you is, what happens when a horse pulls a horse cart?

The answer is simple.

When a horse pulls a horse cart, the interaction produced between horse and horse cart produces a force.

(As you know… Whenever two objects interact with each other, a force is said to be acted upon them)

This force will make a horse cart move forward.

So when a horse is pulling a horse cart, there is a force of horse acting on a horse cart.

#5 Force of fist on a punching bag, when a person hits it

Force Example - Punching Bag

Think what happens when a person hits a punching bag with his/her fist?

Here’s what will happen…

When a person hits a punching bag, there is an interaction produced between fist and punching bag.

This interaction of fist and punching bag will make a punching bag move forward and get thrown away to a certain distance.

And as you know… whenever two objects interact with each other, a force is said to be acted upon them.

So when a person hits a punching bag, there is a force of fist acting on a punching bag.

#6 Force of hand on a door, when it is closed

Force Example - Door

When you leave your home and go to school, you close the door with your hand, right?

At this time, what happens? Do you know how you’re applying a force on a door?

Yes, you have guessed it right.

When you close a door with your hand, there is an interaction produced between hand and door.

This interaction of hand and door will make a door move and get closed.

So when you are closing a door with your hand, there is a force of hand acting on the door.

#7 Force of hand on a trolley, when it is pushed

Force Example - Trolley

What happens when a trolley is pushed with the hand? Is there a force acting on a trolley?

The answer is Yes. But how? Here’s the explanation…

Consider one man pushing a trolley with his hands.

What will happen when he pushes a trolley with his hands?

When he pushes a trolley with his hands, there is an interaction produced between hand and trolley.

This interaction produces a force.

(As you know… whenever two objects interact with each other, a force is said to be acted upon them)

So when a trolley is pushed by the hand, there is a force of hand acting on the trolley.

#8 Force of hand on a dumbbell, when it is lifted up

Force Example - Dumbbell

Have you seen someone lifting a dumbbell? Maybe you have seen it in a bodybuilding video.

Don’t worry, if you haven’t seen it. The question that I want to ask you here is…

Is there a force acting on a dumbbell, when someone lifts it with his/her hand?

I think you have guessed the answer, right. This is how a force acts on a dumbbell…

When someone lifts a dumbbell with his/her hand, there is an interaction produced between the hand and a dumbbell.

This interaction produces a force by which a dumbbell is lifted up.

So when someone lifts a dumbbell with his/her hand, there is a force of hand acting on a dumbbell.

#9 Force of hand on a window, when it is opened

Force Example - Window

This is a real life situation that you have surely experienced.

Think what happens when you open a window of your room with your hand?

Yes, you’ve guessed it right. You apply a force on a window with your hand.

But how? The reason is simple.

When you open a window with your hand, there is an interaction produced between hand and window.

And you know that whenever two objects interact with each other, a force is said to be acted upon them.

So when a window is opened or closed with the hand, there is a force of hand acting on a window.

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