A translation (also pure translation , linear movement ) is a movement in which all points of a physical system , e.g. B. a rigid body , experience the same displacement (see also: parallel displacement in geometry). At a given point in time, the velocities and accelerations of all points are identical. They move on parallel trajectories (see figure). This is to be distinguished from rotation , in which all points of the system or body move in a circle around a common axis. Any movement of a rigid body can be represented by superimposing translational and rotational movements.
A free body has three degrees of freedom of translation and three degrees of freedom of rotation in space . In the case of plane problems, the number of degrees of freedom is reduced to two for translation and one for rotation.
- The translation is straight if no accelerations occur transversely to the direction of movement.
- It is uniform and straight , if no accelerations occur at all.
- It is accelerated uniformly if there is only an acceleration that is constant in direction and magnitude.
- It is accelerated unevenly if the acceleration is not constant.
A body that performs a translation has an impulse in classical mechanics
and a translational kinetic energy
- Peter Heinze: Technical Mechanics III Kinematics and Kinetics. (PDF; 879 kB) 2010, archived from the original on October 31, 2013 .