free body diagram

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A schematic that represents a formless body in space, which is in complete equilibrium, regardless of the forces acting on it

free body diagram

a method of analysis of the force and motion characteristics of a body or object by drawing a simplified version of the external forces acting on it.
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New interactive tools and problem types developed for Connect Physics, such as the free-body diagram drawing tool and an extensive symbolic/numeric entry palette, allow instructors greater freedom to test conceptual understanding in addition to quantitative skills.
As it can be noticed in figure 1, the shape of the structure is similar to the free-body diagram which was drawn using common sense analogy rules.
ForceEffect solves static systems analysis using free-body diagrams.
Also available in the release is the valuable Goal Seek functionality that helps solve complex 2D engineering scenarios with free-body diagrams.