Major difference of Inertial and noninertial frame of reference ??by jamesfirst Tags: difference, frame, inertial, major, noninertial, reference 

#1
Oct2910, 10:52 PM

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What is the major difference or differences of Inertial and nonInertial frame of reference??
Is it only: Inertial  Constant velocity, obeys the law of inertia Noninertial  Acceleration, disobeys the law of inertia 



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Oct3010, 01:18 AM

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Do you want a simple answer? Then read the first five posts of this thread:
http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=437784 Do you want the most complex answer imaginable? Then read to the end of the thread. 



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Oct3010, 12:09 PM

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The important thing to realize is that the term is defined in a completely different way in Newtonian mechanics than in GR. Jamesfirst's OP is a decent working definition according to Newtonian mechanics.




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Nov1510, 01:32 PM

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Major difference of Inertial and noninertial frame of reference ??so inertial frame consider an object with mass m which is acted by fundamental force (i.e. gravitational or electric.) f. now frame s would be inertial if acceleration between the object and the frame = f/m. if a frame dont satisfy the above equation then its a non inertial frame. now if there are more objects then a inertial frame has to satisfy the equation for every object. 


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