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First Condition
The first condition of equilibrium is that the net force in all directions must be zero.
Learning Objective

Identify the first condition of equilibrium
Key Points

There are two conditions that must be met for equilibrium.

The same conditions apply both to static equilibrium and dynamic equilibrium.

If net force is zero, then net force along any direction is zero.
Terms

force
A physical quantity that denotes ability to push, pull, twist or accelerate a body which is measured in a unit dimensioned in mass × distance/time² (ML/T²): SI: newton (N); CGS: dyne (dyn)

torque
A rotational or twisting effect of a force; (SI unit newtonmeter or Nm; imperial unit footpound or ftlb)

translation
Motion of a body on a linear path, without deformation or rotation, i.e. such that every part of the body moves at the same speed and in the same direction; also (in physics), the linear motion of a body considered independently of its rotation.
Full Text
First Condition of Equilibrium
An object that is motionless or undergoes no translational and rotational acceleration is said to be in equilibrium. That is, the net force and net torque on the object is zero in all directions. For an object to truly be in equilibrium, two conditions must be met.
The first condition states that the net force acting on the object must be zero. This means that for each axis of motion, the forces acting along that particular axis must sum to zero.
Expressed as an equation, this is simply:
Note that if net
and illustrate situations where
But remember, for true equilibrium, condition 1 is only half the picture.
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Key Term Reference
 acceleration
 Appears in this related concepts: Position, Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration as Vectors, FreeFalling Objects, and Applications and ProblemSolving
 axis
 Appears in this related concepts: Area Between Curves, Components of a Vector, and Conservation of Angular Momentum
 constant velocity
 Appears in this related concepts: FourDimensional SpaceTime, Constant Velocity, and Relativistic Bremsstrahlung
 dynamic
 Appears in this related concepts: Competitive Dynamics, Time, and General ProblemSolving Tricks
 equation
 Appears in this related concepts: A General Approach, Equations and Inequalities, and Equations and Their Solutions
 equilibrium
 Appears in this related concepts: Ecological Succession, Ecosystem Dynamics, and Balance and Determining Equilibrium
 friction
 Appears in this related concepts: ProblemSolving With Friction and Inclines, Inelastic Collisions in Multiple Dimensions, and The First Law: Inertia
 motion
 Appears in this related concepts: Motion Diagrams, TwoComponent Forces, and Moving Source
 net force
 Appears in this related concepts: Diffusion, Electric Fields and Conductors, and The Second Law: Force and Acceleration
 normal
 Appears in this related concepts: Vectors in the Plane, Arc Length and Curvature, and Normal Forces
 normal force
 Appears in this related concepts: Friction: Static, Center of Mass of the Human Body, and Banked and Unbacked Highway Curves
 static
 Appears in this related concepts: Translational Equilibrium, Time and Motion, and Alternative Views
 static equilibrium
 Appears in this related concepts: Equipotential Lines, Variation of Pressure With Depth, and Conductors and Fields in Static Equilibrium
 velocity
 Appears in this related concepts: RootMeanSquare Speed, Tangent and Velocity Problems, and Distribution of Molecular Speeds and Collision Frequency
 weight
 Appears in this related concepts: Gauge Pressure and Atmospheric Pressure, Weight of the Earth, and Einstein Coefficients
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Source: Boundless. “First Condition.” Boundless Physics. Boundless, 24 Mar. 2015. Retrieved 20 May. 2015 from https://www.boundless.com/physics/textbooks/boundlessphysicstextbook/staticequilibriumelasticityandtorque8/conditionsforequilibrium74/firstcondition3086359/