# What is the maximum amount of damage you can inflict on the universe by altering one word in any one of Newton’s three laws of motion?

The holy second law is untouched till now (note: in the question thread), such is the power of the second law. It is in a way the basis of *force* as we perceive in daily life. Yeah, let’s play with the force itself.

Here’s the second law.

The rate of change of momentum of a body is directly proportional to the force applied, and this change in momentum takes place in the direction of the applied force.

So we write it in mathematical notation as $$ \vec{F} \propto \dot{\vec{p}} $$

I modify the law to be…

The rate of change of momentum of a body is

proportional to the force applied, and this change in momentum takes place in the direction of the applied force.inversely

Oooh, so now the mathematical form would change to…

$$ \vec{F} \propto \dfrac{1}{\dot{\vec{p}}} $$

Oh, hey, since $\vec{p}=m\vec{v}$, as you slow down the force would * increase*.

That is, in familiar form…

$$ \vec{F} = \dfrac{1}{m\vec{a}} $$

I can’t fathom the craziness it would make… like, an ant commits a genocide?

To lessen the force, you would need to go *more* faster.

So when a car hits you, it needs to go **faster to stop.**

I must have made the grandfather of paradoxical physics proud.

On the flip side, we can travel faster than light. Yay!

*(Pun totally not intended)*