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What is classical physics?
The term is used to distinguish it from modern physics, which does involve quantum mechanics and relativity.
Classical physics meaning and branches
Sometimes, scientific breakthroughs mean that we throw out everything we thought we knew. When Albert Einstein came up with his theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, that almost happened to physics. The old theories couldn’t explain everything—but they could still explain a lot of things. Because they were still important and useful, but because they belonged to a completely different way of seeing the world, physics split into two main branches: classical physics and modern physics.
Classical physics involves classical mechanics (the study of the movement of fluids and particles), thermodynamics (the study of temperature and heat transfer), and electromagnetism (the study of electricity, magnets, and electromagnetic waves). Classical physics can be described as the study of the physical world that’s visible to the naked eye—in other words, the things that are macroscopic. It’s based on Isaac Newton’s laws of motion and gravity (because of this, classical physics is also called Newtonian physics) and it is the basis of various other branches of science like chemistry and biology.
In the late 1800s, however, scientists started to explore the things that classical physics couldn’t properly explain. This resulted in the theories of relativity and quantum mechanics, which required a whole new model of physics. But in the “normal world”—the visible, physical world—the old laws of physics continued to work perfectly well. Classical physics is what you might call “practical physics”—for most practical, everyday purposes, classical physics is still important and useful.
Modern physicists may be engaged in study that goes way beyond the practicality of classical physics, but that’s not to say that they no longer pay classical physics any attention. There are lots of questions in classical physics that still haven’t been answered, or that scientists are still arguing about.
Did you know ... ?
There are a lot of basic answers to the question “How do airplanes fly?” But even with all the knowledge of classical physics, the truth is that physicists still don’t know everything about how it works.
What are some real-life examples of classical physics?
Much of classical physics is based on the observations of Isaac Newton, who laid the groundwork for classical mechanics.
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I'm not an expert but I have the feeling it's opening a whole new field connecting classical physics, PI and quantum computing (here Grover algorithm) !
— Bruno Gadaleta (@brunogadaleta) January 21, 2020
“one of the least understood phenomena in classical physics” https://t.co/fEcacUmIX7
— Prof Guillermo Rein 🔥 (@GuillermoRein) March 1, 2020
What other words are related to classical physics?
Which of the following is NOT a branch of classical physics?
C. quantum mechanics