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Mathematics and Physics for Programmers, Second Edition by Danny Kodicek, John Patrick Flynt

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Chapter 12. Force and Newton’s Laws

Overview

Although the word force has been used quite a few times in the preceding pages, as of yet, it has not been precisely defined. Force is a term that is precisely defined in physics, and the study of physics begins with the laws of motion developed by Isaac Newton (1643–1727). Newton’s laws respecting motion and gravitation were presented as universal scientific statements. They have remained valid for hundreds of years, and while it is generally known since the time of Albert Einstein (1879–1955) that they are limited according to the scales of space and time in which they are applied, in everyday use, they are still remarkably accurate.

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