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What do you mean by degrees of freedom?

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What do you mean by degrees of freedom?


Asked Aditya Srinivasan

Answer:

Hope that your question is from kinetic theory of gases.

“The number of independent ways by which a dynamic system can move without violating any constraint imposed on it, is called degree of freedom. In other words, the degree of freedom can be defined as the minimum number of independent coordinates that can specify the position of the system completely.”

Six degrees of freedom

Translation:

Moving up and down (heaving);

Moving left and right (swaying);

Moving forward and backward (surging);

Rotation

Tilts forward and backward (pitching);

Swivels left and right (yawing);

Pivots side to side (rolling).

 

 

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