Kinetic energy

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Kinetic energy is the energy that an object has because of its motion. This energy can be converted into other kinds, such as gravitational or electric potential energy, which is the energy that an object has because of its position in a gravitational or electric field.

Difference between Kinetic & Potential Energy[change | change source]

Kinetic Energy is the maximum amount of work a moving body due to it's motion can do, whereas Potential Energy is the maximum amount of work a body can do due to it's configuration or position in some field force.As can be seen Kinetic Energy is valid for all sorts of forces from this derivation

but Potential Energy is not as can be seen here

which clearly suggests that only conservative forces can have potential energy associated with them.

Translational kinetic energy[change | change source]

The translational kinetic energy of an object is:

where

is the mass (resistance to linear acceleration or deceleration);
is the linear velocity.

Rotational kinetic energy[change | change source]

The rotational kinetic energy of an object is:

where

is the moment of inertia (resistance to angular acceleration or deceleration, equal to the product of the mass and the square of its perpendicular distance from the axis of rotation);
is the angular velocity.