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On the Concept of Force: A Comment on Lopes Coelho


On the Concept of Force: A Comment on Lopes Coelho

Kalman, Calvin S. (2011) On the Concept of Force: A Comment on Lopes Coelho. Science & Education, 20 (1). pp. 67-69. ISSN 0926-7220

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11191-010-9284-5


This article presents a supplement to Coelho’s excellent article concerning the definition of force by first defining mass and then momentum. Replacing force with the concept of a field is also briefly noted.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Physics
Item Type:Article
Authors:Kalman, Calvin S.
Journal or Publication:Science & Education
Date:January 2011
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1007/s11191-010-9284-5
ID Code:7150
Deposited On:22 Mar 2011 14:48
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:30


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