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What did Newton destroy beyond repair?

  1. Feb 3, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    1. In the introduction to the Mechanical Universe, what did Newton destroy beyond repair

    2. What did Newton create to take its place?

    2. Relevant equations
    I don't think this question has to do with equations, as it is only worth one mark.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I don't know where to start with this, this question is part of an introductory assignment on sig digs, and i've attempted to google this, but I can't find anything. I must clearly be missing something.
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  3. Feb 3, 2007 #2
    How much do you know about Newton and what he accomplished? Before his time, the largest part of the common knowledge of nature was based on Aristotelian philosophy. What area of physics was Newton most active in or most famous for? Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica might give you a clue. What was Newton a big advocate for?
  4. Feb 3, 2007 #3
    Well the thing is we haven't learned a thing about Newton yet. But I know he has these three laws of motion from what i've googled about him, I just can't see how that links into destorying something beyond repair? I must be thinking about this question too literally, one sec, i'll google this aristolian guy, never heard of him.
  5. Feb 3, 2007 #4
    K I really have no idea what to do here, I can't even figure out what the mechanical universe is. Any more help? You guys are my only hope.
  6. Feb 3, 2007 #5
    That quote encompass much. What you are looking for can be many things, but I reckon that it must be something that spans over many sections.

    Do you know anything about motion in Aristotelian philosophy? Before Newton's time, it was thought that an object needed to be supplied with a force to start moving and if that force was removed, the object would come to a natural stop in its motion. It wasn't really called force back then. 'Something' would be a better choice of words in this paragraph.

    However, Newton changed much of that by declaring that motion continues in a straight line with constant speed as long as it wasn't affected by a resulting force. See Newtons first law. Don't remember the name, but remember the concept.

    This may sound somewhat counterintuitive, as if you roll something over a table, it will eventually stop due to friction. Nonetheless, if there were no friction or air resistance and so on (resulting forces affecting it), the object will continue to move in a straight line with constant velocity.

    See this for more information: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/newt.html#nt1
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