kinetics

In physics, the study of motion is called kinetics. An astronomer investigating kinetics might be interested in the precise way the planets move.

Physical kinetics is also known as dynamics, and its primary concern is the way bodies move when forces (such as gravity) are acting on them. In chemistry and biochemistry, kinetics is all about reaction rates. A chemist focused on kinetics studies the rate of various chemical reactions under varying conditions. The term kinetics stems from the Greek kinetikos, "putting in motion."

Definitions of kinetics
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n the branch of mechanics concerned with the forces that cause motions of bodies

Synonyms:
dynamics
Types:
ballistics
the science of flight dynamics
Type of:
mechanics
the branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference

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