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# What is the meaning of unbalanced force?

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Unbalanced force occurs when two forces acting on an object are not equal in size, causing a change in motion. Unbalanced forces cause a still object to move or moving objects to slow down or speed up, stop or change direction.

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A balanced force exists when opposing forces are of equal magnitude, ultimately canceling each other out and resulting in no motion. Unbalanced forces are not equal or opposite. When two unbalanced forces are exerted in opposite directions, the net force is equal to the difference between the two forces, resulting in motion in the direction of the larger force.

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According to Education.com, the pull of gravity acts more on an object rolling down a ramp inclined at a steeper angle, hence causing it to accelerate and move faster. For Dummies explains that when objects are rolling down an inclined plane such as a ramp, a component of the force of gravity causes it to accelerate downward.

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Force is any influence to an object which changes its motion, while motion itself is the change in position of an object in relation to is speed, location and acceleration. There cannot be movement without force used against an object to set it in motion.

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Newton's first law of motion states, "Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it." An unbalanced (or unbalancing) force is another name for an external force.