Classical mechanics is the study of the motion of macroscopic objects such as projectiles, parts of machinery, spacecraft, stars, planets and galaxies. By using the law of classical mechanic, it is possible to study an object and predict its past and future movements.
Classical mechanics provides accurate results when studying large objects which are not massive and do not move as fast as the speed of light.
The origins of this discipline are very old, making classical mechanics one of the oldest and largest subjects in technology, engineering and sciences.
The first explanation of the motion of the planets dates back to 1609 when Johannes Kepler published Astronomia Nova. Then, Newton grounded his principles of natural philosophy on three laws of motions: the law of inertia, the law of actions and reactions, and the law of accelerations. After Newton, classical mechanics has become an important subject adopted by both mathematics and physics, permitting scientists to resolve a great number of problems. Since the end of the 20th century, classical mechanics in physics has no longer been an independent theory. Indeed, nowadays it is considered as an approximate theory to the quantum mechanics.
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