What tools would you select to find the force needed to move a 1kg object 1 m in 30 seconds?

It depends on the direction of movement. An inclined plane is used to move an object to a lower or higher place. Inclined planes make the work of moving things easier. You would need less energy and force to move objects with an inclined plane.

To move loads up, down, or sideways, use a pulley - a simple machine is made up of a wheel and a rope. The rope fits on the groove of the wheel. One part of the rope is attached to the load. When you pull on one side of the pulley, the wheel turns and the load will move. Pulleys are good for moving objects to hard to reach places. It also makes the work of moving heavy loads a lot easier.

A stationary object remains stationary if the sum of the forces acting upon it - resultant force - is zero. A moving object with a zero resultant force keeps moving at the same speed and in the same direction.

If the resultant force acting on an object is not zero, a stationary object begins to accelerate in the same direction as the force. A moving object speeds up, slows down or changes direction.

Acceleration depends on the force applied to an object and the object's mass.

Learn more about force, mass and acceleration from BBC GCSE Bitesize.

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