physicswhat is d meaning of inertia

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bandmanjoe | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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The technical definition of inertia is an object's tendency to resist changes in motion.  That means if the object is moving, it wants to keep moving.  If the object is still, it wants to remain still.  Inertia is directly related to the amount of mass an object has.  If the object has a lot of mass, it is harder to get it to move; if it is moving, it is harder to get it to stop.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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People also use the word inertia in everyday conversation.  It's a physics term that has entered the common vernacular.  It is used to describe anyone or anything that does not seem to be moving or making progress.  For example, we may say a company is suffering from inertia if it is not developing new products.


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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Just think about Newton's first law and that will tell you what inertia is.  Any object will remain in its present state unless something forces it to change.  So a body that is moving in a given direction at a given speed, for example, will keep doing so until some force acts to change its direction or speed.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Inertia, in physics, means either lack of movement altogether or lack of any change in movement, such as a change of speed.  Here's the definition from

Physics a. the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.

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bjkakaluke | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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an object has a weight of 720N on the surface of the earth what will it weigh when it is 3000km away from earth