# inertial frame

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## inertial frame

n.
A frame of reference that is not rotating or accelerating, for which Newton's laws of motion are valid.
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 Noun 1 inertial frame - a coordinate system in which Newton's first law of motion is validinertial reference framecoordinate system, frame of reference, reference frame, reference system - a system that uses coordinates to establish position
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As Newton informs us in his first two laws of motion: an object in an inertial frame of reference either remains at rest or continues to move at a constant velocity unless acted on by a force, and that Force = Mass x Acceleration.
The first, Poincare-Einstein (P-E) "internal" synchronization, based on the axiom of isotropic one-way speed of light in any inertial frame (i.
In order to solve the alignment problem on a rocking base, the method is to use the inertial frame as a transitional coordinate to realize the initial alignment by using the gravity acceleration information [11-14].
Nevertheless the speed of light is always the same, whether in an inertial frame or in an accelerating rocket.
Newton's single Cosmic inertial frame resisted the acceleration of matter (F = ma) but allowed it to move at any uniform velocity (in inertial motion) without resistance.
When Q is present, any event which is simultaneous within Q's inertial frame of reference, will also be at the center of a light cone with the same or very similar ppf.
x] where [omega] represents the part of angular rate vector of the body frame with respect to the inertial frame projected to the x axis of body frame).
For a world without gravity, he discusses non-relativity for relativists, the invariance of physical law under change of inertial frame of reference, using and understanding the Lorentz transformation, the measure of space-time, and electromagnetic theory in space-time.