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The difference is the mass of the moving object:

ocean liner some 10.000 to: yacht some 10 to


W kin = kinetic energy

m = mass

v = velocity

W kin = 1/2 * m * v²

So the yacht would have to travel approx. 316 times faster than the ocean liner (when at 10 knots per hour) to have the same kinetic energy.

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