Conserving Matter and Motion
Newton’s success in mechanics altered profoundly the way in which scientists viewed the Universe. The motions of the Sun and planets could now be considered as purely mechanical, that is, governed by the laws of mechanics, much like a machine. As for any machine, whether a clock or the solar system, the motions of the parts were completely determined once the system had been put together.
KeywordsKinetic Energy Potential Energy Elastic Potential Energy Isolate System Total Momentum
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