My friend asked me a question which was:
For an apple resting on the floor, what is the action and reaction force pair?
I said that the Earth exerts a gravitational force on the apple and the apple also pulls on the earth and both these forces are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction this is action and reaction pair.
Okay, Earth is exerting a downward force on the apple, so the apple can not accelerate downward because of the normal force of the floor, but what about the Earth? Since the apple is exerting a force on the earth in an upward direction.
I said the Earth will not accelerate in an upward direction because the apple is in contact with the Earth we will treat the apple and the Earth as a single object and the force that the apple exerts on the Earth is internal to the object and the internal force can not cause the acceleration.
This is my own logic; I have not read it anywhere. So tell me, am I right?