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Physics: 3-Way Tug o' War

by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson


  • Students will explore a simulation of static forces.
  • Students will find vector components.
  • Students will find resultant and equilibrant force vectors.


  • compression
  • equilibrant
  • resultant
  • statics
  • tension
  • vector component

About the Lesson

This lesson simulates a 3-way tug o' war where students supply a third equilibrant force to balance two other forces. This will take place on a compass direction system. As a result, students will:

  • Compare Cartesian (x,y) and compass (N,E) direction systems.
  • Determine vector components in a compass system.
  • Find resultant and equilibrant vectors.
  • Solve a set of 3-way tug o' war problems by determining and setting an equilibrant to two other forces, and then checking their answer.