Newton's Laws of Motion/Second Law

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Physical Law

Newton's second law of motion is one of three physical laws that forms the basis for classical mechanics.

Statement of Law

The total force applied on a body is equal to the derivative with respect to time of the linear momentum of the body:
$\mathbf F = \map {\dfrac \d {\d t} } {m \bsv}$

As Isaac Newton himself put it:

The acceleration produced by a particular force acting on a body is directly proportional to the magnitude of the force and inversely proportional to the mass of the body.

Also known as

This law is also often referred to as just Newton's second law.

Also see

Source of Name

This entry was named for Isaac Newton.