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Classical Mechanics

Classical mechanics describes the motion of macroscopic objects, from projectiles to parts of machinery, and astronomical objects, such as spacecraft, planets, stars and galaxies. If the present state of an object is known it is possible to predict by the laws of classical mechanics how it will move in the future (determinism) and how it has moved in the past (reversibility). 

Thumbnail: Proper Euler angles geometrical definition. The xyz (fixed) system is shown in blue, the XYZ (rotated) system is shown in red. The line of nodes (N) is shown in green. Image used with permission (CC BY 3.0; Lionel Brits).​​​​​