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# What is the definition of "translational motion"?

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Translational motion is the movement of an object from one point to another through space. An example of this is a bullet fired from a rifle.

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Theoretically, translational motion of an object can occur along a curved path. In practical terms, however, translational motion more often occurs along straight lines. Since an object only changes its motion when a force acts upon it, and because force is defined as the product of mass and acceleration, it is more difficult to change the translational motion of a heavier object than a lighter one. The study of translational motion is known as translational dynamics.

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Circular motion happens when an object moves around a point in space, never getting farther from it or closer to it. The distance from the center point is the radius of the circle.

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Non-concurrent forces are forces that do not meet at one point of intersection while acting on the same object. Since they do not intersect at one point, they are not parallel, and the resultant cannot equal zero.

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Concurrent forces are forces that all go through one point of intersection. When forces are concurrent, all vectors can be added together to obtain the resultant. If the forces are in equilibrium, the resultant will be zero.