## PHYSICS Form 2 Topic 6 MOTION IN STRAIGHT LINE

### PHYSICS Form 2 Topic 6 MOTION IN STRAIGHT LINE

Sunday, January 15, 2023
Motion is the change of position of an object from one place to another. There are two types of motions; i.Circular motion-Is the motion of an object in a circle. Examples; a/. motion of the electron around the nucleus of an atom b/.revolutionary movement of the earth around the sun. ii.Linear motion-Is the motion of an object in a straight line.

## Distance and Displacement

Difference between Distance and Displacement

Distance Is the length between two points or two objects.It is a scalar quantity i.e. it has a magnitude only but no direction. Its symbol is X or S and the SI unit is meter (m). Other units used are Kilometer (km) and Centimeter (cm)

Displacement Is the distance in a specific direction. It is a vector quantity i.e. it has both magnitude and direction.

Differences between distance and displacement

 Distance Displacement Is the length moved by an object between two points Is the distance in a specific direction It is a scalar quantity It is a vector quantity

### The SI Units of Distance and Displacement

The symbol for distance is X or S and the SI unit is meter (m). Other units used are Kilometer (km) and Centimeter (cm)

The standard unit of displacement in the International System of Units ( SI ) is the meter (m).

### Speed and Velocity

Difference between Speed and Velocity

Speed

Speed is the distance moved by an object in a unit time or is the rate of change of distance . It is a scalar quantity.

Velocity

Velocity is the displacement moved by an object per unit time or is the rate of change of displacement. It is a vector quantity and its symbol is U or V.

Formula for speed and velocity

Speed(velocity) = Distance/displacement x time taken

X = Vt

Note:36km/h = 10m/s

### Differences between speed and velocity

 Speed Velocity Is the rate of change of distance Is the rate of change of displacement It is a scalar quantity Is a vector quantity

### The SI Unit of Speed and Velocity

The SI unit of speed and velocity is meter per second (m/s). Other units are Km/h or cm/s

### The Average Velocity of a Body

Types of velocity

Initial velocity, U – Is the velocity of a body at the start of observation

Final velocity, V – is the velocity of a body at the end of observation

Average velocity –is the average or mean between initial and final velocity or is the ratio of the total displacement to the total time.

Uniform or constant velocity Is the one whereby the rate of change of displacement with time is constant.

Absolute velocity is the actual velocity of a moving object recorded by a stationary observer
Relative velocity is the velocity of a moving object recorded by a moving observer .

Instantaneous velocity is the velocity of a moving object recorded at any time.

### Acceleration

Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity or is the change in velocity per unit time Mathematically. Acceleration, a = (final velocity, v – initial velocity, u)/time, t

Velocity Time-graph

This is velocity against time graph. Consider a body accelerating uniformly from rest to a certain velocity v within time t. This can be represented graphically as shown below;

Distance

The distance x moved by the body is given by the area under the curve.
In this case is the area of triangle OBC.

Acceleration.
The acceleration is given by the slope of the triangle OBC.

### The Acceleration of a Body

Example 1

A car starts from rest and accelerates to a velocity of 120m/s in one minute. It then moves with this speed for 40seconds finally decelerates to rest after another 2 minutes. Calculate;
the distance travelled
the total time taken for the whole motion
the deceleration
the average velocity
Soln

1st stage; acceleration u =0, v = 120m/s,t1 =1min=60s

2nd stage; uniform vel u=v=120m/s,t2=40s

3rd stage; Deceleration u=120m/s,v=0,t3=2min=120s
1st stage; s =average vel x time = ( (120+0)/2)60 = 3600m
2nd stage; s = vt = 120 x 40 = 4800m
3rd stage; s = average vel x time = ((v=u)/2)t = ((120+0)/2)120 = 7200m

Total distance, s T =3600+4800+7200 =15600m

Total time taken = 60 + 40 + 120 = 220s

from v = u + at

120 = 0 + 60a

60a = 120

a = 2m/s.

Average velocity = total distance/time

va = 15600/220

va = 71m/s

#### The Concept of Retardation

Deceleration (retardation) is the rate of decrease of velocity or is the decrease in velocity per unit time. Uniform acceleration or retardation Is the one whereby the rate of increase or decrease of velocity is constant or it doesn’t change.

Note;
-when a body starts from rest or is brought to rest, its velocity is zero
-when the velocity of a body is constant or uniform, its acceleration is zero
-when the velocity of a moving object increases, its acceleration becomes positive
-when the velocity of a moving object decreases, its acceleration becomes negative called retardation.

Equations of Uniformly Accelerated Motion

Equation of Uniformly Accelerated Motion

Newton’s first equation of motion

It is given by; v = u + at

whereby;
u = initial velocity
v = final velocity
a = acceleration
t = time taken

PROOF;

From the formula of acceleration; a = (v-u)/t
at = v – u at + u = v
v = u + at proved!

Newton’s second equation of motion
It is given by

whereas;
s=distance travelled
u=initial velocity
t=time taken
a=acceleration

PROOF;

Suppose an object starts from rest with intial vel,u to final vel,v after time t The distance ,S moved is given by S = Average vel x time S =( (u+v)/2)t

Substitute Newtons first eqn,gives; S = ((u+u+at)/2)t

S = ((2u+at)/2)t

S = ut + 1/2at. proved!

Newtons third equation of motion
It is given by V2 = U2+ 2as

where v=final velocity; u =initial velocity; a = acceleration; s = distance covered.

PROOF

From Newton’s first eqn; v = u + at

### Motion under Gravity

The Concept of Gravitational Force

The acceleration of a free falling body is known as the acceleration due to gravity denoted by g and controlled gy gravitational force of the earth.

When two bodies of different masses are released from a certain height h above the ground, they will reach the ground at different times with the heavier one reaching earlier before the lighter one.

The reason is that the air resistance is more effective on lighter bodies than in heavier bodies, consequently this affect acceleration due to gravity in a reverse manner.

But dropping a light object and a heavy object in a vacuum they will reach the ground at the same time due to the absence of air resistance effect.

Consider the following two cases;

Case I

Consider a body falling freely from a certain height h and uses time t to reach the ground.

In this case: acceleration, a = acceleration due to gravity g

Initial velocity, u = 0

Final velocity, v.

Case II

Consider a body thrown vertically upwards from the ground with an initial velocity u to a certain height h and then comes back to the ground after time t.

In this case;
Acceleration, a = -g
Initial velocity = u
Velocity at h = 0
Final velocity at the ground = v

### Acceleration due to Gravity

A simple pendulum is a small heavy body suspended by a light inextensible string from a fixed support and it is normally used to determine acceleration due to gravity.

It is made by attaching a a long thread to a spherical ball called a pendulum bob. The string is held at a fixed at a fixed support like two pieces of wood held by a clamp and stand.

If the bob is slightly displaced to position B,it swings to and from going to C through O and back to B through O. When the pendulum complete one cycle/revolution the time taken is called the period of oscillation, T.

Definitions

Period ,T is the time taken by the pendulum bob to complete one complete cycle.
Angular displacement is the angle made between the string and the vertical axis when the bob is displaced to a maximum displacement.

Amplitude is the maximum displacement by which the pendulum has been displaced.
Length of pendulum is the length of the string from the point of attachment on the wooden pieces to the canterof gravity of the bob.

From the experiments, it has been observed that, changing the weight of the bob and keeping the same length of pendulum, the period is always constant provided that all swings are small though they may be different in size.

The period T of the pendulum is given by;

Where; l = length of pendulum; g = acceleration due to gravity

Also

It follows that if we plot a graph of l against T. it is going to be a straight line with a slope g/4Π2and y –intercept equal to 0.

When the bob is raised to point B it will gain potential energy and the bob will swing due to the conservation of energy from potential to kinetic energy.

At B and C all energy is P.E.
At O all energy is K.E.
P.E at B = K.E at O.

If the pendulum swung in vacuum the oscillations would have been continuous. But practically, air friction causes losses of energy of the pendulum bob. That is why after a certain time the oscillations cease.
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