On the Use and Abuse of Newton's Second Law for Variable Mass Problems
Abstract
We clarify some misunderstandings currently found in the literature that arise from improper application of Newton's second law to variable mass problems. In the particular case of isotropic mass loss, for example, several authors introduce a force that actually does not exist.
 Publication:

Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
 Pub Date:
 September 1992
 DOI:
 10.1007/BF00052611
 Bibcode:
 1992CeMDA..53..227P
 Keywords:

 Newton Second Law;
 Three Body Problem;
 Variable Mass Systems;
 Computational Astrophysics;
 Many Body Problem;
 Two Body Problem;
 Virial Theorem;
 Astrophysics;
 variable mass problems;
 restricted problem