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The Curious Case of Instantaneous Cubical Rest: Unveiling the Physics Phenomenon


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Question: I have recently been fascinated by physics. I have been thinking about it, and I want to know what you call this: A cube is pushed along a flat surface. Then, the pushing is stopped, but as soon as the pushing force loses contact with the cube, the cube stops instantaneously.

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In real-world physics, such a scenario is highly unlikely due to factors such as friction and inertia. Objects in motion typically stay in motion due to the principle of inertia, as articulated in Newton's first law of motion. However, theoretically in a context of zero friction (frictionless surface) what you described might be referred to as an instantly non-inertial object or an absence of inertia. Yet, no actual physical law or term specifically describes this circumstance due to its highly hypothetical nature.

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Feb. 5, 2024, 6:38 a.m.

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Published: Monday, February 5, 2024

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