dalemberts principle

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d'Alembert's principle (French dalɑ̃bɛr)
 
n
physics the principle that for a moving body the external forces are in equilibrium with the inertial forces; a generalization of Newton's third law of motion
 
[C18: named after Jean Le Rond d'Alembert (1717--83), French mathematician, physicist, and rationalist philosopher]

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