# Newtons third law explanation on a push of table [duplicate]

I read this example of pushing a table with your hands. So the force is applied on the table to push and the table exerts the same amount of force on our hands.

My question is, if the forces are equal and opposite, how does the table move on our push? Don't they cancel out? According to newtons third law reaction force from the table is same right.

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• Always concentrate on one body at a time. The table only feels a pushing force and possibly friction from the floor. Another body, your hand, feels force from the table. – npojo Jan 5 '18 at 11:23
• But how does a balloon fly upwards when the gas inside it is released ? I see only one object involved in this experiment. – Yogi Jan 5 '18 at 12:38
• 1) baloon 2) gas. – npojo Jan 5 '18 at 13:54