noninertial frame

noun Physics.

a frame of reference that moves with the object, so that the moving object appears to violate Newton's laws of motion since it accelerates despite having no horizontal forces on it.


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Scientific definitions for non-inertial frame

non-inertial frame

A reference frame in which the observers are undergoing some accelerating force, such as gravity or a mechanical acceleration. Also called non-inertial frame of reference non-inertial reference frame, non-inertial system Compare inertial frame. See also inertial force Special Relativity.
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