Young YOU: Forces that push and pull

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Muscles push upwards, gravity pulls downwards (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Muscles push upwards, gravity pulls downwards (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Have you ever been about to take a bite of food when you accidentally dropped it and it fell to the floor? If so, you’ve experienced force.  

We’re constantly surrounded by forces. There are push and pull forces that make objects move, that increase or decrease their speed or make them stay in one place. Forces make objects move.  

Think of a weightlifter swiftly picking up a heavy weight and holding it above his head. He uses his muscles to push the weight up above his head, while Earth’s gravity pulls the weight towards the ground.  

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