弹性

tánxìng - flexibility

Another great Smart.fm word. It is relevant because I started a simulation of a flagellum, which requires flexibility, both in terms of code and in the resulting structure. The word 弹性 seems odd to me because it literally means something the nature of a bullet or ball, which I don't tend to think of as being particularly flexible. That said, it seems particularly apt given that I intend to simulate the flagellum by adapting my particle simulation, which can be used to simulate cannon balls as in the classical physics experiment.

The below sentence is from dict.cn and I don't understand the Chinese or the English, but it seems to be relevant to my particle simulation, which I'm using to create an elastic solid.

振动在一个平衡位置附近一个粒子或弹性固体迅速的直线运动
A rapid linear motion of a particle or of an elastic solid about an equilibrium position.

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