# Is the net force the sum of forces?

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## Is the net force the sum of forces?

The net force is the vector sum of all the forces that act upon an object. That is to say, the net force is the sum of all the forces, taking into account the fact that a force is a vector and two forces of equal magnitude and opposite direction will cancel each other out.

### What are the x and y components of a force?

These parts of the force are called the components of the force. The component that pushes right or left is called the x-component, and the part that pushes up or down is called the y-component. Mathematically, the components act like shadows of the force vector on the coordinate axes.

**How do you find total net force?**

Net force is the sum of all forces acting on an object. The net force can be calculated using Newton’s second law, which states that F = ma, where: F is the net force. m is the mass of the object.

**How do you calculate force components?**

Convert force B into components. Use the equation Bx = B cos theta to find the x coordinate of force B: 6.0 cos 24 degrees = 5.5 N. Use the equation By = B sin theta to find the y coordinate of force B: 6.0 sin 24 degrees = 2.4 N. That makes force B (5.5, 2.4)N in coordinate form.

## Are net force and total force the same?

“Net force” simply means the sum of all forces. For example, as you stand or sit still, the earth pushes you up with a force equal and opposite to the force with which gravity pulls you down. The net force, or total force, is zero, so you do not move.

### Are force and net force the same thing?

Force is a push or a pull; net force is the combination of all forces acting on an object.

**How do you find the x component of a force?**

Convert force A into vector component notation. Use the equation Ax = A cos theta to find the x coordinate of the force: 5.0 cos 40 degrees = 3.8. Use the equation Ay = A sin theta to find the y coordinate of the force: 5.0 sin 40 degrees, or 3.2. That makes the vector A (3.8, 3.2) in coordinate form.

**What is the x component of A?**

The x-component of Vector A is opposite to the 15o angle. When finding components by drawing a right triangle around the given angle, you need to put in the signs explicitly. In this case, the x-component points to the left and so is negative. The y-component of Vector A is adjacent to the 15o angle.