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I asked and searched a lot for assistance with this very specific information. I don't know much about it other than having found great interest in the subject.
  What jobs/careers/businesses/hobbies, rely only on training or education in Newton's laws of motion?
  I find myself strongly drawn towards attempting to find some way, to find a career, or at the very least a hobby, that can specifically require steady APPLIED usage of this area of physics.
  I suspect it might be too specific, but some close suggestions would be a huge help.
  I don't know where to go from here. I look forward to your response.

Hi Ira:

You might want to look at Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.  These two fields are heavily involved in this aspect of physics.  Of course Newton's Laws are simply the underpinnings of more complex things that are done in these fields but, frankly, nothing is simply about Newton's laws alone.

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I can answer most questions about studying physics in college and graduate school; questions about condensed matter physics; x-ray physics; synchrotron radiation; and general and modern physics. I can also answer questions about careers in academia.


Professor of physics for 30 years at Illinois Institute of Technology. Academic adviser for undergraduates and graduate students. I have served on university promotion and tenure committees, search committees for Deans and Department Chairs. I have also been an Associate Department Chair and an Associate Dean. I have 34 years experience in materials science research and I have been responsible for building and now managing a User facility at the Advanced Photon Source.

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