law of conservation of mass


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a fundamental principle of classical physics that matter cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system

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Had Coble studied physics, he would know of the law of conservation of mass, which states that you can neither create nor destroy mass - you can only change its form.
In 1789 Antoine Lavoisier formulated the law of conservation of mass, and in 1799 Joseph-Louis Proust stated the law of definite proportions, allowing chemists to distinguish between mixtures and compounds.
Lavoisier had advanced the law of conservation of mass (see 1789) and before that there had been the law of conservation of momentum (see 1668).
The law of conservation of mass became obsolete, or rather, was included in what is sometimes known as the law of conservation of mass-energy.
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