Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 9 - Think and Explain: 67

Answer

Yes, there is a force on the pencil according to Newton's universal law of gravitation. It hovers in front of you, but both of you are falling relative to the Earth. The pencil is in free-fall, as are you.
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