conservation of momentum

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conservation of momentum
 
n
the principle that the total linear or angular momentum in any isolated system is constant, provided that no external force is applied

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conservation of momentum  
A conservation law stating that the total linear momentum of a closed system remains constant through time, regardless of other possible changes within the system.
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