• Question: What’s the difference between a motor and an engine??

    Asked by Rach to Catherine, Laura on 21 Nov 2014.
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      Laura Tobin answered on 21 Nov 2014:

      Oh that’s a good question – never thought of it before. Engines /motors are a machines that convert energy into some sort of mechanical motion. I think the difference between the type of the energy convert is the difference. An engine is a motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work and a motor is a machine that converts other forms of energy into mechanical motion.