Newton's Third Law of Motion

11-11-12 By: Caitlyn Maddox

What is Newton's third law?

Born in northeastern England, Issac Newton was an English Physicist and mathematician who lived from 1642-1727. Newton went to school for many years and finally in 1687 Sir Issac Newton published Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica which held the three laws of motion that Newton had discovered.

Newtons third law of motion states that for every action there is and equal and opposite reaction. This means that for the direction of the force acting on the first object, the direction on the second object will be going in the opposite direction. Basically what the law is trying to say is that even if something from the object is pushing something out or down/up the actual object will move opposite directions from that force...

Examples of the third law of motion...

Bouncing a ball!

Have you ever bounced a ball on the ground? What happens when you drop it?

- Bouncing a basketball on the ground is one of Many examples of Newton's third law. When you dribble it your hand (the force) is pushing it towards the ground but when it hits the ground it bounces right back up!

Everyday you use Newton's third law!

interesting fact/ how this law can be seen....

In this situation if a rocket is preparing to launch, the actual 'rocket' part of the shuttle is facing down but when the space ship takes off it moves up-ward. That is exaclty what the law states! "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction". It is actually reall cool to think about it and go into detail of how the law works and how it can be found in action all over the place! This is the third law of motion in action and one of many things that could be used to describe this law.