Definition of classical mechanics

physics
: a theory of matter that is based on Newtonian (see newtonian sense 2) mechanics and describes the behavior of particles in the absence of quantum effects — compare quantum mechanics

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Recent Examples on the Web In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 In classical mechanics this type of calculation is easy: To model what happens when two billiard balls collide, just use the numbers specifying the momentum of each ball at the point of collision. Kevin Hartnett, Wired, 20 June 2021 Most high school students learn about classical mechanics — how objects move and the forces that influence that motion. Dallas News, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of classical mechanics

1901, in the meaning defined above

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“Classical mechanics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classical%20mechanics. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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