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    1 Is Equilibrium a scalar or vector quantity?
    2 What is the unit of Equilibrium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prashantakerkar View Post
    1 Is Equilibrium a scalar or vector quantity?
    Both. Either. Neither. (See below).

    2 What is the unit of Equilibrium?
    It depends on what you're measuring the equilibrium of.


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    Thanks.

    Can we derive laws of Equilibrium similar to Newton's laws of motion?

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    It would be best if you went away and learned what "equilibrium" means.
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    Thanks.

    https://courses.lumenlearning.com/ph...9-3-stability/

    Can't we derive laws of Equilibrium depending upon the three types of Equilibrium namely Stable, Unstable & Neutral?

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    Quote Originally Posted by prashantakerkar View Post
    Thanks.

    https://courses.lumenlearning.com/ph...9-3-stability/

    Can't we derive laws of Equilibrium depending upon the three types of Equilibrium namely Stable, Unstable & Neutral?

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    Not a well written article. Stability and equilibrium are different things. Equilibrium refers to the equality of forces. Stability refers to the results. There are 3 kinds of stability, positive negative and neutral. Positive is a ball n the bottom of a bowl. It will seek the bottom. Negative is a ball on top of a hill. It will accelerate away from the top. Neutral is a ball on a flat. It has no preference of position.

    Equilibrium refers to equal forces on 2 or more sides. It could be said that all 3 cases have their own equilibrium. Positive stability has equal forces on all sides keeping the ball on the bottom. Negative stability has equal forces on all sides pushing away from the top. Neutral stability has equal zero force on all sides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prashantakerkar View Post
    Thanks.

    https://courses.lumenlearning.com/ph...9-3-stability/

    Can't we derive laws of Equilibrium depending upon the three types of Equilibrium namely Stable, Unstable & Neutral?
    Like I said: go away and learn what "equilibrium" means. (Oh, and learn to be more precise).
    Your link only covers one type of equilibrium - hence my first response (post #2).
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    Quote Originally Posted by prashantakerkar View Post
    Thanks.

    https://courses.lumenlearning.com/ph...9-3-stability/

    Can't we derive laws of Equilibrium depending upon the three types of Equilibrium namely Stable, Unstable & Neutral?

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    Are you talking about equilibrium in general or just in mechanics? There is, for instance a concept of chemical equilibrium, which is very different from that of mechanics. "Equilbrium" as such is not a specific scientific term: it can apply to all sorts of different situations. You need to be more specific if you want any useful help.
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