Newtonian mechanics

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Newtonian mechanics

(Also called classical mechanics.) A system of mechanics based on Newton's laws of motion.

The salient characteristics of Newtonian mechanics are that mass and energy are separately conserved, all physical variables can take on a continuous set of values, the state of a system at any instant uniquely determines its state at any later instant (determinism), and interactions at a distance are instantaneous.
Compare quantum theory.

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