Vis viva


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(Mech.) living force; the force of a body moving against resistance, or doing work, in distinction from vis mortua, or dead force; the kinetic energy of a moving body; the capacity of a moving body to do work by reason of its being in motion. See Kinetic energy, in the Note under Energy. The term vis viva is not usually understood to include that part of the kinetic energy of the body which is due to the vibrations of its molecules.

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One of Chatelet's major concerns in her account of the fundamentals of mechanics was with the vis viva dispute.
I Holland, along with its local agent, Vis Viva, was challenged to find a solution and extend the life of this tooling.
Representatives from Vis Viva and I Holland kept in close contact during the trial, visiting on a regular basis to check progress.
I then compare the laws of motion based on power to Newton's Laws of Motion and I investigate the relation of power to Leibniz's notion of vis viva.
In section 5, the relation of the notion of power to Leibniz's notion of vis viva is examined.
Leibniz stated his laws of motion in his unpublished during his lifetime work Dynamica de Potentia et Legibus Naturae Corporeae in which he attempted to explain the world in terms of the conservation laws of vis viva and momentum of colliding bodies.
Leibniz's definition of vis viva as a real metaphysical property of a substance is fraught with difficulties.
En consecuencia se distingue entre vis viva y vivifica: "La fuerza viva, vis viva (por impacto) debe ser distinguida de la fuerza vivificante (vis vivifica).
This paper maintains that the critique of Cartesian physics, and particularly of the conservation of movement and its correspondent discovery of the conservation of vis viva, is the trigger and, consequently, necessary basic condition, for the development of Leibniz's metaphysics of maturity: the metaphysics of monads.
En este trabajo se discute la tesis que la critica de la fisica cartesiana, y en particular, de la conservacion del movimiento con su correspondiente descubrimiento de la conservacion de la vis viva es el disparador, y por ende, condicion necesaria basica, para el desarrollo de la metafisica leibniciana de madurez: la metafisica de las monadas.
Posteriormente, a tal fuerza que si se conserva la denominara vis viva.
Consideramos que aunque nuestra tesis no puede ser --al menos no lo ha sido en los limites de este ensayo-- probada de manera apodictica, si es altamente verosimil que la critica a la fisica cartesiana, y en particular, de la conservacion del movimiento con su correspondiente descubrimiento de la conservacion de la vis viva es el disparador, y por ende, condicion necesaria basica, para el desarrollo de la metafisica leibniciana de madurez: la metafisica de las monadas.