Kinematics & Projectile Motion

The average speed vav and average velocity of a body during a time interval is defined as,


Vavg= Total Distance / Total Time



Instantaneous speed and velocity are defined at a particular instant and are given by



(a) A change in either speed or direction of motion results in a change in velocity

(b) A particle which completes one revolution, along a circular path, with uniform speed is said to possess zero velocity and non-zero speed.

(c) It is not possible for a particle to possess zero speed with a non-zero velocity.


Average acceleration is defined as the change in velocity over a time interval t.



The instantaneous acceleration of a particle is the rate at which its velocity is changing at that instant.



Kinematical Equations:


The three equations of motion for an object with constant acceleration are given below.



Here 𝑢 is the initial velocity, v is the final velocity, a is the acceleration, s is the displacement travelled by the body and t is the time.


Note: Take ‘+ve’ sign fora when the body accelerates and takes ‘–ve’ sign when the body decelerates.


The displacement by the body in nth second is given by,



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Relative Velocity


Relative Velocity is the velocity of a moving body with respect to another moving body

1) Bodies moving in the same direction; a –b

2) Bodies moving in opposite directions; a + b

3) Bodies moving and inclined at an angle θ to each other, then:



Motion in a Straight Line: Moves along one co-ordinate axis

Motion in a Plane: Moves in a plane with 2d co-ordinate axis.

Motion in Space: Moves in Space with 3d co-ordinate axis.

Projectile Motion, Motion in 2 Dimensions / Motion in a Plane


Projectile motion in a plane:


If a particle having initial speed u is projected at an angle θ (angle of projection) with x-axis, then,




Motion on an inclined plane:


1) Perpendicular vector: At the top of the inclined plane (t = 0, u = 0 and a = g sinθ), the equation of motion will be,


2) If time taken by the body to reach the bottom is t,


3) The velocity of the body at the bottom

Post By : Ravindra Yadav 02 Nov, 2019 3112 views Physics