elemental motion

elemental motion

[‚el·ə′ment‚əl ‚mō·shən]
(industrial engineering)
In time-and-motion study, a fundamental subdivision of the hand movements in manipulating an object. Also known as basic element; fundamental motion; therblig.
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Lang carefully examines Aristotle's explanation of elemental motion (fire goes up), then proceeds to book 8, wherein Aristotle focuses on the first motion, the first mover, and the first mobile.
In addition, Lang maintains, Albert views the arguments about elemental motion and the first mover in a theological light: the generator moves the elements, not their natural place; the Physics builds toward and culminates in a proof of the existence of a first mover, who is God.