15 questions linked to/from How did Newton discover his second law?
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### Why Is Newton's second law $F=ma$, and how did Newton "Discover it"? [duplicate]

I have been thinking lately, why is it that Newton's second law of motion takes the form $F = ma$? It seems to me the idea of a force is a somewhat made up concept, at least the value we assign to it ...
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### How did Newton find the relationship between force, mass and acceleration? [duplicate]

I have been told always that $F$ is directly proportional to acceleration. My question is that for finding such a relationship there should be source that produces desired force and in which the ...
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### How to discover the $F = m\cdot a$ equation from scratch? [duplicate]

Is there a paper or a book that conceptually 'discover' the Newton's famous formula? I've been thinking about this equation, and I really don't know it for sure. Did Newton empirically noticed that ...
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### How do we know that $F = ma$, not $F = k \cdot ma$?

It seems intuitive that $a\; \propto \frac{F}{m}$, as the greater the force that is applied on an object, the greater its acceleration will be. Inversely, the greater the mass of the object, the ...
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### How do formulas get figured out?

Many of the formulas I learn in school are derived from more basic formulas — as long you your math is right and assuming the more basic formulas you used are correct, you are bound to get to a ...
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### Why does one multiply physical quantities in physics equations? [closed]

What I mean by this is for example if you take the equation $$F=ma,$$ why is it that you multiply mass by acceleration? How do we know this concept that we define as the force is best described by $m$ ...
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