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 What are the equations of motion of classical physics?
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Sep 28, 01

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Abstract. Action at a distance in Newtonian physics is replaced by finite
propagation speeds in classical physics, the physics defined by the
field theories of Maxwell and Einstein. As a result, the differential
equations of motion in Newtonian physics are replaced in classical
physics by functional differential equations, where
the delay associated with the finite propagation speed (the speed of
light) is taken into account. Newtonian equations of motion, with
postNewtonian corrections, are often used to approximate the
functional differential equations of motion. Some mathematical issues
related to the problem of extracting the ``correct'' approximate
Newtonian equations of motion are discussed.
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