...Principia.2.1
An excellent discussion of the historical development of Newtonian mechanics, as well as the physical and philosophical assumptions which underpin this theory, is given in Barbour 2001.
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... (acceleration).2.2
A scalar is a physical quantity that is invariant under rotation of the coordinate axes. A vector is a physical quantity that transforms in an analogous manner to a displacement under rotation of the coordinate axes.
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... Sun.5.1
Precession can be either prograde (in the same sense as orbital motion) or retrograde (in the opposite sense). Retrograde precession is often called regression.
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... 1995).6.1
Actually, the Earth's rotation period relative to the distant stars is called a stellar day, whereas a sidereal day refers to the Earth's rotation period relative to the vernal equinox (which is a misnomer, because ``sidereal'' means stellar.) A sidereal day is approximately ms less than a solar day, so the distinction between the two is irrelevant for most purposes.
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... elements.10.1
In mathematical terminology, two curves are said to osculate when they touch one another so as to have a common tangent at the point of contact. From the Latin osculatus, ``kissed.''
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... years.11.1
This precession rate is about times greater than any of the planetary perihelion precession rates discussed in Sections 5.4 and 10.3.
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... month.11.2
A synodic month, which is days, is the mean period between successive new moons.
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