Forces in Practice
To explain this concept, let's take the example of a sky diver.
So objects reach a terminal velocity because all forces are balanced. And this terminal velocity can only be changed if one of
the forces change. The sky diver would get to an even faster terminal velocity if he took off the parachute pack for example.
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Elastic and Spring Extension
When a force is applied to a rubber band or spring it changes shape.
Spring. The extension is directly proportional to the force (straight line) until a point where more force is required to have equal extension. This point is known as the limit of proportionality or elastic limit. If the force is removed once the spring has reached this point, it will not return to the original shape, and has been deformed.
Rubber band. The force-extension relationship is not proportional. First less force is required to stretch it and then more but unlike the spring, the rubber band will return to its original shape and size.