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Subject: Is kinetic energy quanta (quantified) like electron clouds?

Date: Wed May 16 11:04:28 2007
Posted by Robert
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Is kinetic energy of vibration, rotation, translantional fixed amounts quanta 
or are they scaler (various levels in a range)? The scond part of this 
question is if you add to the atom/molecule kinetic energy is it an ion? I was 
also wondering if in a closed system (vacuum, does not touch walls of 
container) you have a set of molecules and they are vibrating/ratating/moving, 
do they keep the kinetic energy or release it (photon emission)? Is there a 
threshold of when it would emit? 

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