by on January 20, 2008

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Isaac Newton, Father of Classical Mechanics

Classical mechanics can be anything that involves getting a type of work done. Anything from a fulcrum to how much propellant to use to overcome drag or how to build a bridge. There is no way to escape classical mechanics in any job that you do, yet researching all about classical mechanics can take several lifetimes. The principles may be the same, but how they are applied varies from field to field.

We have assembled a plethora of links at the end of this article to help you look at various aspects of the field. The links are all about classical mechanics and different ways that it is applied in our often mundane lives and in spaceflight. We do not expect you to jump into the links blindly. Here are a few interesting facts gleaned from the links.

Classical mechanics deals with forces like: tension, friction, weight, normal force, effects of speed, acceleration, and forces on the vehicles. Each is part of the design of everything that we use from a can opener to a space shuttle.

Many of the forces that interact on earth and in the Universe are actually a blending of several forces.

An electric force produces a perpendicular magnetic force, thus is the basis for the legendary rail gun.

Momentum is conserved in three physical directions at the same time.

Rotational velocity, rotational speed, and angular speed can be the same thing, but not always.

Terminal velocity is not just a movie title. It is the point at which, despite no changes in conditions, an object can not gain any additional speed because of external factors.

A human in freefall has been recorded moving as fast as 988 kph.

These are just a few of the interesting facts all about classical mechanics that you will find in the links below. You can find additional information about the facts that are listed above, as well. Hopefully, you will find everything that you are looking for. If not, contact us with your suggestions for additional articles. Enjoy your research.

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