Forces of Machines

Provided by: ToolingU

"Forces of Machines" provides a comprehensive overview of the physical forces behind machine functions. All machines are based on the science of mechanics, which deals with the effects of different forces that either cause or prevent motion. Understanding the different types of forces, the physical laws that define them, and the ways in which they are measured is crucial to understanding machine functions. Understanding how machines work is essential to working with and performing maintenance upon any type of machinery. This includes the ability to distinguish between contact and non-contact forces, linear and rotary motion, speed and velocity, and scalar and vector quantities, all of which serve as a basis for more advanced mechanical topics. After completing this class, users will be prepared to both work with and study more complex aspects of mechanical systems.

Course Objectives:

  • Define work
  • Distinguish between potential and kinetic energy
  • Describe Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Distinguish between scalar and vector quantities
  • Describe non-contact and contact forces
  • Describe gravity and its effect on machines
  • Describe friction and its effect on machines
  • Describe torque
  • Contrast equilibrium and dynamic forces
  • Distinguish between linear and rotary motion
  • Distinguish between linear speed and velocity
  • Distinguish between rotary speed and velocity
  • Describe momentum.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for mechanical/electrical/plumbing maintenance technicians.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Torquing, Mechanical Maintenance, Machining

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2.5 hrs



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