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What type of physicist works in the field of Classical Mechanics? And yes, this does encompass the general theory of relativity.
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Zackphysicswak said:Yes, it does.
Zackphysicswak said:What type of physicist works in the field of Classical Mechanics?
D H said:It depends on what you mean by "classical mechanics." Does this term encompass general relativity? General relativity is after all a classical (i.e., non-quantum) theory.
If not, the answer is for the most part they don't. The only exception might be physicists who work in the field of fluid dynamics. Otherwise, classical mechanics is now in the domain of engineering.
Fluid dynamics gathers interests from many corners. People who study fluid dynamics include engineers (many disciplines), but also chemists, biologists, meteorologists, oceanographers, geologists, mathematicians, ...Bunsen said:But someone doing theoretical research in fluid mechanics would be regarded as an engineer... or?
Yes I amjesse73 said:Are you using Classical Mechanics to mean all physics that isn't Quantum Mechanics?
georgej116 said:There are many good answers here, but just to add another:
Plasma physics is a surprising rich field that is entirely classical. Closely related to fluid dynamics.
Lavabug said:Entirely? I'm not entirely sure I would say that.
Classical mechanics is a branch of physics that deals with the motion of macroscopic objects and the forces that act upon them. It is based on the laws of motion and gravitation as described by Isaac Newton in the 17th century.
A theoretical physicist typically works in the field of classical mechanics. They use mathematical models and equations to understand and predict the behavior of physical systems.
Some key concepts in classical mechanics include Newton's laws of motion, conservation of energy and momentum, and the equations of motion (such as the famous F=ma equation).
Classical mechanics and quantum mechanics are two different branches of physics that deal with different scales of matter. Classical mechanics applies to objects at macroscopic scales, while quantum mechanics is used to describe the behavior of particles at microscopic scales.
Classical mechanics has numerous practical applications, including understanding the motion of planets and satellites, designing structures and machines, and predicting the behavior of fluids. It also forms the basis for other branches of physics, such as thermodynamics and electromagnetism.