Why is newtonian mechanics so called ?

1 Answer
Jan 2, 2017

After Sir Isaac Newton, upon whose three laws of motion classical mechanics is based.


Isaac Newton formulated three laws of motion:

First law

In an inertial frame of reference, any body will remain at rest or continue at constant velocity unless acted upon by a net force.

Second law

In an inertial frame of reference, the sum of vector forces on an object is proportional to the mass of the object and its acceleration: #F = ma#.

Third law

When one body exerts a force on a second body, it experiences an equal force in the opposite direction.

Some of these ideas may have pre-dated Isaac Newton, but he put them together and produced a coherent theory of motion which is the basis of classical mechanics.

Hence classical mechanics is often referred to as Newtonian mechanics.