Newtons Laws of Motion

Newtons Laws of Motion

Updated: October 21, 2020
Physics Newton General-Relativity Science

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In an intertial frame of reference (i.e. a frame of reference undergoing zero acceleration), an object at rest stays at rest (or, similarly, keeps its initial velocity) unless acted upon by an outside force.

\begin{equation} \sum \mathbf{F} = 0 \Leftrightarrow \frac{d\mathbf{v}}{dt} = 0 \end{equation}

II #

In the simplest of terms:

\begin{equation} \mathbf{F} = m\mathbf{a} \end{equation}

which states that

The vector sum of the forces on an object is equal to that objects mass times the acceleration

where \(m\) is assumed as a constant.

In terms of infinitesimal change, the same law is seen as

\begin{equation} \mathbf{F} = m\frac{d\mathbf{v}}{dt} = m\mathbf{a} \end{equation}


When one body exerts a force on another body, the second body exerts an equal force in the opposing direction

\begin{equation} F_{a} = -F_{b} \end{equation}