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Energy loss/transformation due to Aerodynamic drag?

  1. Mar 16, 2017 #1
    A vehicle loses Kinetic Energy because of aerodynamic resistance.
    But taken into account the conservation of energy, to which type of energy is the "lost" Kinetic Energy transformed?
    Is this Kinetic Energy transformed into heat just like friction transforms the kinetic energy of a sliding object into heat?
     
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  3. Mar 16, 2017 #2

    anorlunda

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    Yes, you answered your own question. Heat.

    The air molecules may swirl for a while having their own kinetic energy, but eventually it all becomes heat.
     
  4. Mar 16, 2017 #3
    Thank you for your fast confirmation
     
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