# Help mechanics

Which was does the air resistance act in a level mechanics??
Which is it 1 or 2?

For this question it acts upwards but idk why and how I would know if it acts against the driving force or up 😭
(edited 9 months ago)
Original post by Alevelhelp.1
Which was does the air resistance act in a level mechanics??

do you mean "way"? It's "resistance" - so like friction it typically acts against the motion. Do you have a specific question you're working on?
Original post by davros
do you mean "way"? It's "resistance" - so like friction it typically acts against the motion. Do you have a specific question you're working on?

Hey I’ve updated my q. And I mean way as in upwards like on image one, or left like in image 2 (against driving force)
Original post by Alevelhelp.1
Hey I’ve updated my q. And I mean way as in upwards like on image one, or left like in image 2 (against driving force)

Neither of your images really makes much sense in the context of the actual problem - there's no "driving force" for the ball, and air resistance acts against the direction of motion, not against other forces.

Air resistance resists motion. If a ball is falling, then air resistance acts upwards to slow the descent; if the ball were thrown upwards, then air resistance would act downwards to slow the ascent.
Original post by davros
Neither of your images really makes much sense in the context of the actual problem - there's no "driving force" for the ball, and air resistance acts against the direction of motion, not against other forces.

Air resistance resists motion. If a ball is falling, then air resistance acts upwards to slow the descent; if the ball were thrown upwards, then air resistance would act downwards to slow the ascent.

Thanks!! That last paragraph was great