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    s3364859
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    Defining ‘Ab initio’ (from first principles) as:
    Any calculation is ab initio if it relies on basic and established laws of nature without addition assumptions or special models.

    Why do we call quantum physics an ab initio model?
    Quantum physics relies on basic and established laws of nature, the interactions of matter and energy.

    Why do we call classical mechanics an ab initio model?
    Classical mechanics also relies on basic and established physical laws of nature.

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    #1280
    s3364859
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    Is classical electromagnetism an ab initio model (and if it is one, what are its first principles)?

    I think so, and its first principles are the electromagnetic force, a physical interaction between electrically charged particles (see axioms: Maxwell’s laws).

    #1309
    eyob2014
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    It’s correct, both classical electromagnetism & mechanics are ab initio models.

    #1311
    s3364859
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    Thank you! I don’t have a physics background, so much of this will be an uphill effort for me. Thanks again for the input!

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