Can there be displacement of an object in the absence of any force acting on it?

Answer:

Yes, there can be displacement of an object in the absence of any force acting on it.  If a single force acts on an object, the object accelerates. If an object accelerates, a force is acting on it.

Suppose an object is moving with constant velocity. The net force acting on it is zero. But, there is a displacement along with the motion of the object. Hence, there can be a displacement without a force.

Explanation

We know that

F = m × a

  • Since m cannot be zero, and when force F = 0, then acceleration a = 0.
  • In such a condition, either the object is at rest (not moving) or in uniform motion in a straight line.
  • In the following case, there exists a displacement of the object without any force acting on it.
  • Hence, an object can have a displacement in the absence of any external force acting on it.

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