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# What is the difference between push and pull?

## how could I explain the difference between push and pull? simply putting the third law of motion kind of makes only the 50% of the answer

Sep 12, 2017

see below

#### Explanation:

Push and pull both are forces , but the difference is in their direction at which it is applied . If the force applied in the direction of motion of the particle then we call it as push .

If that force applied in the direction OPPOSITE to the motion of particle then it is termed as pull.

Consider a example , a particle is moving along positive x-direction .

case 1:
If the force is also applied in the positive x-direction on the particle then we are pushing the particle

case 2:
If the force is applied in the negative x-direction i.e, opposite to the motion of particle then we are pulling the particle

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