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written by Joe Wolfe and George Hatsidimitris
This part of the Einstein Light site presents the concept of an inertial reference frame, along with explanations of Newton's three laws. This site is produced at the University of New South Wales.

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Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Relative Motion
Relativity
- Galilean Relativity
- Reference Frames
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2005 School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Australia
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Keywords: Galileo, Newton, acceleration, force, mass, natural state, relative motion
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created December 12, 2007 by Christopher Bares
Record Updated: Jun 26, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 9-12: 4F/H2. All motion is relative to whatever frame of reference is chosen, for there is no motionless frame from which to judge all motion.

10. Historical Perspectives

10A. Displacing the Earth from the Center of the Universe
  • 9-12: 10A/H6. Writing in Italian rather than in Latin (the language of scholars at the time), Galileo presented arguments for and against the two main views of the universe in a way that favored the newer view. His descriptions of how things move provided an explanation for why people might notice the motion of the earth. Galileo's writings made educated people of the time aware of these competing views and created political, religious, and scientific controversy.
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AIP Format
J. Wolfe and G. Hatsidimitris, (2005), WWW Document, (http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Galileo_and_Newton.htm).
AJP/PRST-PER
J. Wolfe and G. Hatsidimitris, Einstein Light: Galilean Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics (2005), <http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Galileo_and_Newton.htm>.
APA Format
Wolfe, J., & Hatsidimitris, G. (2007, February 12). Einstein Light: Galilean Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics. Retrieved September 18, 2014, from http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Galileo_and_Newton.htm
Chicago Format
Wolfe, Joe, and George Hatsidimitris. Einstein Light: Galilean Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics. February 12, 2007. http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Galileo_and_Newton.htm (accessed 18 September 2014).
MLA Format
Wolfe, Joe, and George Hatsidimitris. Einstein Light: Galilean Relativity and Newtonian Mechanics. 2005. 12 Feb. 2007. 18 Sep. 2014 <http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/einsteinlight/jw/module1_Galileo_and_Newton.htm>.
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