Newton's First Law: Text, Translations, Interpretations and Physics Education

  title={Newton's First Law: Text, Translations, Interpretations and Physics Education},
  author={Igal Galili and Michael Tseitlin},
  journal={Science \& Education},
The translation from Latin of Newton's First Law (NFL) was considered in a historical perspective. The study showed that Newton's original yields two versions of complementary meanings, one temporal and the other quantitative. The latter is especially important in presenting the idea of inertia of massive bodies, and a new paradigm of understanding motion. The presentation of NFL in physics textbooks was reviewed and a decline in the status of NFL in the physics curriculum was noted. As a rule… 
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