classical physics

Science Dictionary
classical physics  
Physics that does not make use of quantum mechanics or the theory of relativity. Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, and Maxwell's theory of electromagnetism are all examples of classical physics. Many theories in classical physics break down when applied to extremely small objects such as atoms or to objects moving near the speed of light. ◇ Classical mechanics refers to the classical physics of bodies and forces, especially newton's laws of motion and the principles of mechanics based on them. Compare quantum mechanics.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Previous Definition: classical pathway
Next Definition: classical probability
Words Near: classical physics
More from
Synonyms and Antonyms for classical physics
More from
Search for articles containing classical physics Word FAQs presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature