Facts that Matter
An object is said to be in motion when its position changes with time.
We describe the location of an object by specifying a reference point. Motion is relative. The total path covered by an object is said to be the distance travelled by it.
The shortest path/distance measured from the initial to the final position of an object is known as the displacement.
Uniform motion: When an object covers equal distances in equal intervals of time, it is said to be in uniform motion.
Non-uniform motion: Motions where objects cover unequal distances in equal intervals of time.
Speed: The distance travelled by an object in unit time is referred to as speed. Its unit is m/s.
Average speed: For non-uniform motion, the average speed of an object is obtained by dividing the total distance travelled by an object by the total time taken.
Velocity: Velocity is the speed of an object moving indefinite direction. S.I. unit is m/s.
Acceleration: Change in the velocity of an object per unit time.
Graphical representation of motions
(i) Distance-time graph
For a distance-time graph, time is taken on x-axis and distance is taken on the y-axis.
[Note: All independent quantities are taken along the x-axis and dependent quantities are taken along the y-axis.]
(ii) Velocity-time graph
Equation of motion by graphical methods
(ii) The equation for position-time relation:
(iii) Equation for position-velocity relation:
Uniform circular motion: When a body moves in a circular path with uniform speed, its . motion is called uniform circular motion.