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Quantum Physics by Norah Berrah PhD, Paul V. Pancella, Marc Humphrey

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CHAPTER2

Pre-Quantum Mechanics

In This Chapter

  • When forces move us, and when they don’t
  • Gravity, the first force
  • The tragic loss of free will
  • Classical physics and the future

In this chapter we will explore the concept of force and the basic laws of motion. The laws governing every branch of physics, including classical and quantum physics, ultimately boil down to forces that act on various objects from the very, very big to the very, very small.

We will also explore gravity, the attractive force between all massive objects. This was the first of the fundamental forces to be carefully studied by physicists, and it was the engine behind the ...

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