Different Types of Forces

Back to Physics Grade 9/10

There are many different types of forces in our environment. We can classify these in different ways, and describe them in ways other than 'pushing' or 'pulling'.

For example, we can call any force that requires the interacting entities to be physically touching a contact force.

Forces which act from a distance (i.e. when the objects are physically separate) can be referred to as non-contact forces. They can also sometimes be referred to as body forces. Below are some of the forces you need to know about for GCSE Physics (Grade 9/10).

Contact Forces

Non-Contact / Body Forces