Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 53, Issue 3, pp 227–232

On the use and abuse of Newton's second law for variable mass problems

  • Angel R. Plastino
  • Juan C. Muzzio

DOI: 10.1007/BF00052611

Cite this article as:
Plastino, A.R. & Muzzio, J.C. Celestial Mech Dyn Astr (1992) 53: 227. doi:10.1007/BF00052611


We clarify some misunderstandings currently found in the literature that arise from improper application of Newton's second law to variable mass problems. In the particular case of isotropic mass loss, for example, several authors introduce a force that actually does not exist.

Key words

variable mass problems restricted problem 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

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  • Angel R. Plastino
  • Juan C. Muzzio

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