# Is there any case in classical mechanics where Newton's (strong) third law doesn't hold?

Is there any case in classical (non relativistic) mechanics where the strong form of Newton's third law does not hold (that is, reaction forces are not collinear)? For example, if we consider a system of two point particles in equilibrium with each other upon which a constraint acts so that the reaction forces are directed in a direction that is not collinear. Is such a situation possible?

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Do you mean (weak form) of Newtons third law? There are examples in EM. – hwlau Jan 21 '13 at 5:19
I'm specifically asking about Newtonian mechanics. – Sumukh Atreya Jan 21 '13 at 7:27
– Qmechanic Jan 21 '13 at 9:54

Okay, I had never seen "weak" form applied to Newton's 3rd Law, and a quick googling doesn't give me the answer in the top 2 hits, but I assume you mean the case where the net force is zero, but the net torque is not. For example, suppose we have a 2-dimensional system, with particles at positions $\textbf{p}_1=1m \textbf{i}$ and $\textbf{p}_2=-1m \textbf{i}$, but forces $\textbf{F}_1=1N \textbf{j}$ and $\textbf{F}_2=-1N \textbf{j}$. This isn't made explicit, but it's not seen in nature. If seen, it would violate conservation of angular momentum. – Will Cross Jan 21 '13 at 13:50
oops, used p rather than r, sorry. I was learning the LaTex to make it look good, and went over the 5 minute deadline for re-editing. For $\textbf{p}$, please pretend it's $\textbf{r}$ – Will Cross Jan 21 '13 at 13:57