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  • Re: FW: Is there more than one type of kinetic energy

    At 08:46 AM 3/17/00 -0700, Mill, Perry wrote:
    >What about vibrational kinetic energy?
    >Perry Mill
    >Physical Therapist
    >Red Deer, Alberta

    Dear Perry:

    I am not aware of any specific distinction in the engineering field between
    "vibrational kinetic energy" and other types of kinetic energy. In its
    most general definition, kinetic energy is the energy associated with the
    movement of masses. As such, masses can either translate or rotate, or
    both. Hence, we consider translational and rotational forms of kinetic
    energy. Any mass which is vibrating will also be translating, rotating, or
    both during each cycle of vibration. Thus the kinetic energy of that mass
    at each instant in time will still be equal to the sum of its translational
    and rotational kinetic energy at that instant in time.

    Jon Dingwell

    Jonathan Dingwell, Ph.D.
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    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
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