Page 1 In everyday life, we see some objects at rest and others in motion. Birds fly, fish swim, blood flows through veins and arteries and cars move. Atoms, molecules, planets, stars and galaxies are all in motion. We often perceive an object to be in motion when its position changes with time. However, there are situations where the motion is inferred through indirect evidences. For example, we infer the motion of air by observing the movement of dust and the movement of leaves and branches of trees. What causes the phenomena of sunrise, sunset and changing of seasons? Is it due to the motion of the earth? If it is true, why don’t we directly perceive the motion of the earth? An object may appear to be moving for one person and stationary for some other. For the passengers in a moving bus, the roadside trees appear to be moving backwards. A person standing on the road–side perceives the bus alongwith the passengers as moving. However, a passenger inside the bus sees his fellow passengers to be at rest. What do these observations indicate? Most motions are complex. Some objects may move in a straight line, others may take a circular path. Some may rotate and a few others may vibrate. There may be situations involving a combination of these. In this chapter, we shall first learn to describe the motion of objects along a straight line. We shall also learn to express such motions through simple equations and graphs. Later, we shall discuss ways of describing circular motion. Activity ______________8.1 ? Discuss whether the walls of your classroom are at rest or in motion. Activity ______________8.2 ? Have you ever experienced that the train in which you are sitting appears to move while it is at rest? ? Discuss and share your experience. Think and Act We sometimes are endangered by the motion of objects around us, especially if that motion is erratic and uncontrolled as observed in a flooded river , a hurricane or a tsunami. On the other hand, controlled motion can be a service to human beings such as in the generation of hydroelectric power. Do you feel the necessity to study the erratic motion of some objects and learn to control them? 8.1 Describing Motion We describe the location of an object by specifying a reference point. Let us understand this by an example. Let us assume that a school in a village is 2 km north of the railway station. We have specified the position of the school with respect to the railway station. In this example, the railway station is the reference point. We could have also chosen other reference points according to our convenience. Therefore, to describe the position of an object we need to specify a reference point called the origin. 8 8 8 8 8 M M M M MOTION OTION OTION OTION OTION Chapter Page 2 In everyday life, we see some objects at rest and others in motion. Birds fly, fish swim, blood flows through veins and arteries and cars move. Atoms, molecules, planets, stars and galaxies are all in motion. We often perceive an object to be in motion when its position changes with time. However, there are situations where the motion is inferred through indirect evidences. For example, we infer the motion of air by observing the movement of dust and the movement of leaves and branches of trees. What causes the phenomena of sunrise, sunset and changing of seasons? Is it due to the motion of the earth? If it is true, why don’t we directly perceive the motion of the earth? An object may appear to be moving for one person and stationary for some other. For the passengers in a moving bus, the roadside trees appear to be moving backwards. A person standing on the road–side perceives the bus alongwith the passengers as moving. However, a passenger inside the bus sees his fellow passengers to be at rest. What do these observations indicate? Most motions are complex. Some objects may move in a straight line, others may take a circular path. Some may rotate and a few others may vibrate. There may be situations involving a combination of these. In this chapter, we shall first learn to describe the motion of objects along a straight line. We shall also learn to express such motions through simple equations and graphs. Later, we shall discuss ways of describing circular motion. Activity ______________8.1 ? Discuss whether the walls of your classroom are at rest or in motion. Activity ______________8.2 ? Have you ever experienced that the train in which you are sitting appears to move while it is at rest? ? Discuss and share your experience. Think and Act We sometimes are endangered by the motion of objects around us, especially if that motion is erratic and uncontrolled as observed in a flooded river , a hurricane or a tsunami. On the other hand, controlled motion can be a service to human beings such as in the generation of hydroelectric power. Do you feel the necessity to study the erratic motion of some objects and learn to control them? 8.1 Describing Motion We describe the location of an object by specifying a reference point. Let us understand this by an example. Let us assume that a school in a village is 2 km north of the railway station. We have specified the position of the school with respect to the railway station. In this example, the railway station is the reference point. We could have also chosen other reference points according to our convenience. Therefore, to describe the position of an object we need to specify a reference point called the origin. 8 8 8 8 8 M M M M MOTION OTION OTION OTION OTION Chapter 8.1.1 MOTION ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE The simplest type of motion is the motion along a straight line. We shall first learn to describe this by an example. Consider the motion of an object moving along a straight path. The object starts its journey from O which is treated as its reference point (Fig. 8.1). Let A, B and C represent the position of the object at different instants. At first, the object moves through C and B and reaches A. Then it moves back along the same path and reaches C through B. displacement, are used to describe the overall motion of an object and to locate its final position with reference to its initial position at a given time. Activity ______________8.3 ? Take a metre scale and a long rope. ? Walk from one corner of a basketball court to its oppposite corner along its sides. ? Measure the distance covered by you and magnitude of the displacement. ? What difference would you notice between the two in this case? Activity ______________8.4 ? Automobiles are fitted with a device that shows the distance travelled. Such a device is known as an odometer. A car is driven from Bhubaneshwar to New Delhi. The difference between the final reading and the initial reading of the odometer is 1850 km. ? Find the magnitude of the displacement between Bhubaneshwar and New Delhi by using the Road Map of India. The total path length covered by the object is OA + AC, that is 60 km + 35 km = 95 km. This is the distance covered by the object. To describe distance we need to specify only the numerical value and not the direction of motion. There are certain quantities which are described by specifying only their numerical values. The numerical value of a physical quantity is its magnitude. From this example, can you find out the distance of the final position C of the object from the initial position O? This difference will give you the numerical value of the displacement of the object from O to C through A. The shortest distance measured from the initial to the final position of an object is known as the displacement. Can the magnitude of the displacement be equal to the distance travelled by an object? Consider the example given in (Fig. 8.1). For motion of the object from O to A, the distance covered is 60 km and the magnitude of displacement is also 60 km. During its motion from O to A and back to B, the distance covered = 60 km + 25 km = 85 km Fig. 8.1: Positions of an object on a straight line path while the magnitude of displacement = 35 km. Thus, the magnitude of displacement (35 km) is not equal to the path length (85 km). Further, we will notice that the magnitude of the displacement for a course of motion may be zero but the corresponding distance covered is not zero. If we consider the object to travel back to O, the final position concides with the initial position, and therefore, the displacement is zero. However, the distance covered in this journey is OA + AO = 60 km + 60 km = 120 km. Thus, two different physical quantities — the distance and the MOTION 99 Page 3 In everyday life, we see some objects at rest and others in motion. Birds fly, fish swim, blood flows through veins and arteries and cars move. Atoms, molecules, planets, stars and galaxies are all in motion. We often perceive an object to be in motion when its position changes with time. However, there are situations where the motion is inferred through indirect evidences. For example, we infer the motion of air by observing the movement of dust and the movement of leaves and branches of trees. What causes the phenomena of sunrise, sunset and changing of seasons? Is it due to the motion of the earth? If it is true, why don’t we directly perceive the motion of the earth? An object may appear to be moving for one person and stationary for some other. For the passengers in a moving bus, the roadside trees appear to be moving backwards. A person standing on the road–side perceives the bus alongwith the passengers as moving. However, a passenger inside the bus sees his fellow passengers to be at rest. What do these observations indicate? Most motions are complex. Some objects may move in a straight line, others may take a circular path. Some may rotate and a few others may vibrate. There may be situations involving a combination of these. In this chapter, we shall first learn to describe the motion of objects along a straight line. We shall also learn to express such motions through simple equations and graphs. Later, we shall discuss ways of describing circular motion. Activity ______________8.1 ? Discuss whether the walls of your classroom are at rest or in motion. Activity ______________8.2 ? Have you ever experienced that the train in which you are sitting appears to move while it is at rest? ? Discuss and share your experience. Think and Act We sometimes are endangered by the motion of objects around us, especially if that motion is erratic and uncontrolled as observed in a flooded river , a hurricane or a tsunami. On the other hand, controlled motion can be a service to human beings such as in the generation of hydroelectric power. Do you feel the necessity to study the erratic motion of some objects and learn to control them? 8.1 Describing Motion We describe the location of an object by specifying a reference point. Let us understand this by an example. Let us assume that a school in a village is 2 km north of the railway station. We have specified the position of the school with respect to the railway station. In this example, the railway station is the reference point. We could have also chosen other reference points according to our convenience. Therefore, to describe the position of an object we need to specify a reference point called the origin. 8 8 8 8 8 M M M M MOTION OTION OTION OTION OTION Chapter 8.1.1 MOTION ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE The simplest type of motion is the motion along a straight line. We shall first learn to describe this by an example. Consider the motion of an object moving along a straight path. The object starts its journey from O which is treated as its reference point (Fig. 8.1). Let A, B and C represent the position of the object at different instants. At first, the object moves through C and B and reaches A. Then it moves back along the same path and reaches C through B. displacement, are used to describe the overall motion of an object and to locate its final position with reference to its initial position at a given time. Activity ______________8.3 ? Take a metre scale and a long rope. ? Walk from one corner of a basketball court to its oppposite corner along its sides. ? Measure the distance covered by you and magnitude of the displacement. ? What difference would you notice between the two in this case? Activity ______________8.4 ? Automobiles are fitted with a device that shows the distance travelled. Such a device is known as an odometer. A car is driven from Bhubaneshwar to New Delhi. The difference between the final reading and the initial reading of the odometer is 1850 km. ? Find the magnitude of the displacement between Bhubaneshwar and New Delhi by using the Road Map of India. The total path length covered by the object is OA + AC, that is 60 km + 35 km = 95 km. This is the distance covered by the object. To describe distance we need to specify only the numerical value and not the direction of motion. There are certain quantities which are described by specifying only their numerical values. The numerical value of a physical quantity is its magnitude. From this example, can you find out the distance of the final position C of the object from the initial position O? This difference will give you the numerical value of the displacement of the object from O to C through A. The shortest distance measured from the initial to the final position of an object is known as the displacement. Can the magnitude of the displacement be equal to the distance travelled by an object? Consider the example given in (Fig. 8.1). For motion of the object from O to A, the distance covered is 60 km and the magnitude of displacement is also 60 km. During its motion from O to A and back to B, the distance covered = 60 km + 25 km = 85 km Fig. 8.1: Positions of an object on a straight line path while the magnitude of displacement = 35 km. Thus, the magnitude of displacement (35 km) is not equal to the path length (85 km). Further, we will notice that the magnitude of the displacement for a course of motion may be zero but the corresponding distance covered is not zero. If we consider the object to travel back to O, the final position concides with the initial position, and therefore, the displacement is zero. However, the distance covered in this journey is OA + AO = 60 km + 60 km = 120 km. Thus, two different physical quantities — the distance and the MOTION 99 SCIENCE 100 uestions 1. An object has moved through a distance. Can it have zero displacement? If yes, support your answer with an example. 2. A farmer moves along the boundary of a square field of side 10 m in 40 s. What will be the magnitude of displacement of the farmer at the end of 2 minutes 20 seconds? 3. Which of the following is true for displacement? (a) It cannot be zero. (b) Its magnitude is greater than the distance travelled by the object. 8.1.2 UNIFORM MOTION AND NON UNIFORM MOTION Consider an object moving along a straight line. Let it travel 50 km in the first hour, 50 km more in the second hour, 50 km in the third hour and 50 km in the fourth hour. In this case, the object covers 50 km in each hour. As the object covers equal distances in equal intervals of time, it is said to be in uniform motion. The time interval in this motion may be small or big. In our daytoday life, we come across motions where objects cover unequal distances in equal intervals of time, for example, when a car is moving on a crowded street or a person is jogging in a park. These are some instances of nonuniform motion. Activity ______________8.5 ? The data regarding the motion of two different objects A and B are given in Table 8.1. ? Examine them carefully and state whether the motion of the objects is uniform or nonuniform. Q (a) (b) Fig. 8.2 Table 8.1 Time Distance Distance travelled by travelled by object A in m object B in m 9:30 am 10 12 9:45 am 20 19 10:00 am 30 23 10:15 am 40 35 10:30 am 50 37 10:45 am 60 41 11:00 am 70 44 8.2 Measuring the Rate of Motion Page 4 In everyday life, we see some objects at rest and others in motion. Birds fly, fish swim, blood flows through veins and arteries and cars move. Atoms, molecules, planets, stars and galaxies are all in motion. We often perceive an object to be in motion when its position changes with time. However, there are situations where the motion is inferred through indirect evidences. For example, we infer the motion of air by observing the movement of dust and the movement of leaves and branches of trees. What causes the phenomena of sunrise, sunset and changing of seasons? Is it due to the motion of the earth? If it is true, why don’t we directly perceive the motion of the earth? An object may appear to be moving for one person and stationary for some other. For the passengers in a moving bus, the roadside trees appear to be moving backwards. A person standing on the road–side perceives the bus alongwith the passengers as moving. However, a passenger inside the bus sees his fellow passengers to be at rest. What do these observations indicate? Most motions are complex. Some objects may move in a straight line, others may take a circular path. Some may rotate and a few others may vibrate. There may be situations involving a combination of these. In this chapter, we shall first learn to describe the motion of objects along a straight line. We shall also learn to express such motions through simple equations and graphs. Later, we shall discuss ways of describing circular motion. Activity ______________8.1 ? Discuss whether the walls of your classroom are at rest or in motion. Activity ______________8.2 ? Have you ever experienced that the train in which you are sitting appears to move while it is at rest? ? Discuss and share your experience. Think and Act We sometimes are endangered by the motion of objects around us, especially if that motion is erratic and uncontrolled as observed in a flooded river , a hurricane or a tsunami. On the other hand, controlled motion can be a service to human beings such as in the generation of hydroelectric power. Do you feel the necessity to study the erratic motion of some objects and learn to control them? 8.1 Describing Motion We describe the location of an object by specifying a reference point. Let us understand this by an example. Let us assume that a school in a village is 2 km north of the railway station. We have specified the position of the school with respect to the railway station. In this example, the railway station is the reference point. We could have also chosen other reference points according to our convenience. Therefore, to describe the position of an object we need to specify a reference point called the origin. 8 8 8 8 8 M M M M MOTION OTION OTION OTION OTION Chapter 8.1.1 MOTION ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE The simplest type of motion is the motion along a straight line. We shall first learn to describe this by an example. Consider the motion of an object moving along a straight path. The object starts its journey from O which is treated as its reference point (Fig. 8.1). Let A, B and C represent the position of the object at different instants. At first, the object moves through C and B and reaches A. Then it moves back along the same path and reaches C through B. displacement, are used to describe the overall motion of an object and to locate its final position with reference to its initial position at a given time. Activity ______________8.3 ? Take a metre scale and a long rope. ? Walk from one corner of a basketball court to its oppposite corner along its sides. ? Measure the distance covered by you and magnitude of the displacement. ? What difference would you notice between the two in this case? Activity ______________8.4 ? Automobiles are fitted with a device that shows the distance travelled. Such a device is known as an odometer. A car is driven from Bhubaneshwar to New Delhi. The difference between the final reading and the initial reading of the odometer is 1850 km. ? Find the magnitude of the displacement between Bhubaneshwar and New Delhi by using the Road Map of India. The total path length covered by the object is OA + AC, that is 60 km + 35 km = 95 km. This is the distance covered by the object. To describe distance we need to specify only the numerical value and not the direction of motion. There are certain quantities which are described by specifying only their numerical values. The numerical value of a physical quantity is its magnitude. From this example, can you find out the distance of the final position C of the object from the initial position O? This difference will give you the numerical value of the displacement of the object from O to C through A. The shortest distance measured from the initial to the final position of an object is known as the displacement. Can the magnitude of the displacement be equal to the distance travelled by an object? Consider the example given in (Fig. 8.1). For motion of the object from O to A, the distance covered is 60 km and the magnitude of displacement is also 60 km. During its motion from O to A and back to B, the distance covered = 60 km + 25 km = 85 km Fig. 8.1: Positions of an object on a straight line path while the magnitude of displacement = 35 km. Thus, the magnitude of displacement (35 km) is not equal to the path length (85 km). Further, we will notice that the magnitude of the displacement for a course of motion may be zero but the corresponding distance covered is not zero. If we consider the object to travel back to O, the final position concides with the initial position, and therefore, the displacement is zero. However, the distance covered in this journey is OA + AO = 60 km + 60 km = 120 km. Thus, two different physical quantities — the distance and the MOTION 99 SCIENCE 100 uestions 1. An object has moved through a distance. Can it have zero displacement? If yes, support your answer with an example. 2. A farmer moves along the boundary of a square field of side 10 m in 40 s. What will be the magnitude of displacement of the farmer at the end of 2 minutes 20 seconds? 3. Which of the following is true for displacement? (a) It cannot be zero. (b) Its magnitude is greater than the distance travelled by the object. 8.1.2 UNIFORM MOTION AND NON UNIFORM MOTION Consider an object moving along a straight line. Let it travel 50 km in the first hour, 50 km more in the second hour, 50 km in the third hour and 50 km in the fourth hour. In this case, the object covers 50 km in each hour. As the object covers equal distances in equal intervals of time, it is said to be in uniform motion. The time interval in this motion may be small or big. In our daytoday life, we come across motions where objects cover unequal distances in equal intervals of time, for example, when a car is moving on a crowded street or a person is jogging in a park. These are some instances of nonuniform motion. Activity ______________8.5 ? The data regarding the motion of two different objects A and B are given in Table 8.1. ? Examine them carefully and state whether the motion of the objects is uniform or nonuniform. Q (a) (b) Fig. 8.2 Table 8.1 Time Distance Distance travelled by travelled by object A in m object B in m 9:30 am 10 12 9:45 am 20 19 10:00 am 30 23 10:15 am 40 35 10:30 am 50 37 10:45 am 60 41 11:00 am 70 44 8.2 Measuring the Rate of Motion MOTION 101 Look at the situations given in Fig. 8.2. If the bowling speed is 143 km h –1 in Fig. 8.2(a) what does it mean? What do you understand from the signboard in Fig. 8.2(b)? Different objects may take different amounts of time to cover a given distance. Some of them move fast and some move slowly. The rate at which objects move can be different. Also, different objects can move at the same rate. One of the ways of measuring the rate of motion of an object is to find out the distance travelled by the object in unit time. This quantity is referred to as speed. The SI unit of speed is metre per second. This is represented by the symbol m s –1 or m/s. The other units of speed include centimetre per second (cm s –1 ) and kilometre per hour (km h –1 ). To specify the speed of an object, we require only its magnitude. The speed of an object need not be constant. In most cases, objects will be in nonuniform motion. Therefore, we describe the rate of motion of such objects in terms of their average speed. The average speed of an object is obtained by dividing the total distance travelled by the total time taken. That is, average speed = Total distance travelled Total time taken If an object travels a distance s in time t then its speed v is, v = s t (8.1) Let us understand this by an example. A car travels a distance of 100 km in 2 h. Its average speed is 50 km h –1 . The car might not have travelled at 50 km h –1 all the time. Sometimes it might have travelled faster and sometimes slower than this. Example 8.1 An object travels 16 m in 4 s and then another 16 m in 2 s. What is the average speed of the object? Solution: Total distance travelled by the object = 16 m + 16 m = 32 m Total time taken = 4 s + 2 s = 6 s Average speed = Total distance travelled Total time taken = 32 m 6s = 5.33 m s –1 Therefore, the average speed of the object is 5.33 m s –1 . 8.2.1 SPEED WITH DIRECTION The rate of motion of an object can be more comprehensive if we specify its direction of motion along with its speed. The quantity that specifies both these aspects is called velocity. Velocity is the speed of an object moving in a definite direction. The velocity of an object can be uniform or variable. It can be changed by changing the object’s speed, direction of motion or both. When an object is moving along a straight line at a variable speed, we can express the magnitude of its rate of motion in terms of average velocity. It is calculated in the same way as we calculate average speed. In case the velocity of the object is changing at a uniform rate, then average velocity is given by the arithmetic mean of initial velocity and final velocity for a given period of time. That is, average velocity = initial velocity +finalvelocity 2 Mathematically, v av = u+v 2 (8.2) where v av is the average velocity, u is the initial velocity and v is the final velocity of the object. Speed and velocity have the same units, that is, m s –1 or m/s. Activity ______________8.6 ? Measure the time it takes you to walk from your house to your bus stop or the school. If you consider that your average walking speed is 4 km h –1 , estimate the distance of the bus stop or school from your house. Page 5 In everyday life, we see some objects at rest and others in motion. Birds fly, fish swim, blood flows through veins and arteries and cars move. Atoms, molecules, planets, stars and galaxies are all in motion. We often perceive an object to be in motion when its position changes with time. However, there are situations where the motion is inferred through indirect evidences. For example, we infer the motion of air by observing the movement of dust and the movement of leaves and branches of trees. What causes the phenomena of sunrise, sunset and changing of seasons? Is it due to the motion of the earth? If it is true, why don’t we directly perceive the motion of the earth? An object may appear to be moving for one person and stationary for some other. For the passengers in a moving bus, the roadside trees appear to be moving backwards. A person standing on the road–side perceives the bus alongwith the passengers as moving. However, a passenger inside the bus sees his fellow passengers to be at rest. What do these observations indicate? Most motions are complex. Some objects may move in a straight line, others may take a circular path. Some may rotate and a few others may vibrate. There may be situations involving a combination of these. In this chapter, we shall first learn to describe the motion of objects along a straight line. We shall also learn to express such motions through simple equations and graphs. Later, we shall discuss ways of describing circular motion. Activity ______________8.1 ? Discuss whether the walls of your classroom are at rest or in motion. Activity ______________8.2 ? Have you ever experienced that the train in which you are sitting appears to move while it is at rest? ? Discuss and share your experience. Think and Act We sometimes are endangered by the motion of objects around us, especially if that motion is erratic and uncontrolled as observed in a flooded river , a hurricane or a tsunami. On the other hand, controlled motion can be a service to human beings such as in the generation of hydroelectric power. Do you feel the necessity to study the erratic motion of some objects and learn to control them? 8.1 Describing Motion We describe the location of an object by specifying a reference point. Let us understand this by an example. Let us assume that a school in a village is 2 km north of the railway station. We have specified the position of the school with respect to the railway station. In this example, the railway station is the reference point. We could have also chosen other reference points according to our convenience. Therefore, to describe the position of an object we need to specify a reference point called the origin. 8 8 8 8 8 M M M M MOTION OTION OTION OTION OTION Chapter 8.1.1 MOTION ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE The simplest type of motion is the motion along a straight line. We shall first learn to describe this by an example. Consider the motion of an object moving along a straight path. The object starts its journey from O which is treated as its reference point (Fig. 8.1). Let A, B and C represent the position of the object at different instants. At first, the object moves through C and B and reaches A. Then it moves back along the same path and reaches C through B. displacement, are used to describe the overall motion of an object and to locate its final position with reference to its initial position at a given time. Activity ______________8.3 ? Take a metre scale and a long rope. ? Walk from one corner of a basketball court to its oppposite corner along its sides. ? Measure the distance covered by you and magnitude of the displacement. ? What difference would you notice between the two in this case? Activity ______________8.4 ? Automobiles are fitted with a device that shows the distance travelled. Such a device is known as an odometer. A car is driven from Bhubaneshwar to New Delhi. The difference between the final reading and the initial reading of the odometer is 1850 km. ? Find the magnitude of the displacement between Bhubaneshwar and New Delhi by using the Road Map of India. The total path length covered by the object is OA + AC, that is 60 km + 35 km = 95 km. This is the distance covered by the object. To describe distance we need to specify only the numerical value and not the direction of motion. There are certain quantities which are described by specifying only their numerical values. The numerical value of a physical quantity is its magnitude. From this example, can you find out the distance of the final position C of the object from the initial position O? This difference will give you the numerical value of the displacement of the object from O to C through A. The shortest distance measured from the initial to the final position of an object is known as the displacement. Can the magnitude of the displacement be equal to the distance travelled by an object? Consider the example given in (Fig. 8.1). For motion of the object from O to A, the distance covered is 60 km and the magnitude of displacement is also 60 km. During its motion from O to A and back to B, the distance covered = 60 km + 25 km = 85 km Fig. 8.1: Positions of an object on a straight line path while the magnitude of displacement = 35 km. Thus, the magnitude of displacement (35 km) is not equal to the path length (85 km). Further, we will notice that the magnitude of the displacement for a course of motion may be zero but the corresponding distance covered is not zero. If we consider the object to travel back to O, the final position concides with the initial position, and therefore, the displacement is zero. However, the distance covered in this journey is OA + AO = 60 km + 60 km = 120 km. Thus, two different physical quantities — the distance and the MOTION 99 SCIENCE 100 uestions 1. An object has moved through a distance. Can it have zero displacement? If yes, support your answer with an example. 2. A farmer moves along the boundary of a square field of side 10 m in 40 s. What will be the magnitude of displacement of the farmer at the end of 2 minutes 20 seconds? 3. Which of the following is true for displacement? (a) It cannot be zero. (b) Its magnitude is greater than the distance travelled by the object. 8.1.2 UNIFORM MOTION AND NON UNIFORM MOTION Consider an object moving along a straight line. Let it travel 50 km in the first hour, 50 km more in the second hour, 50 km in the third hour and 50 km in the fourth hour. In this case, the object covers 50 km in each hour. As the object covers equal distances in equal intervals of time, it is said to be in uniform motion. The time interval in this motion may be small or big. In our daytoday life, we come across motions where objects cover unequal distances in equal intervals of time, for example, when a car is moving on a crowded street or a person is jogging in a park. These are some instances of nonuniform motion. Activity ______________8.5 ? The data regarding the motion of two different objects A and B are given in Table 8.1. ? Examine them carefully and state whether the motion of the objects is uniform or nonuniform. Q (a) (b) Fig. 8.2 Table 8.1 Time Distance Distance travelled by travelled by object A in m object B in m 9:30 am 10 12 9:45 am 20 19 10:00 am 30 23 10:15 am 40 35 10:30 am 50 37 10:45 am 60 41 11:00 am 70 44 8.2 Measuring the Rate of Motion MOTION 101 Look at the situations given in Fig. 8.2. If the bowling speed is 143 km h –1 in Fig. 8.2(a) what does it mean? What do you understand from the signboard in Fig. 8.2(b)? Different objects may take different amounts of time to cover a given distance. Some of them move fast and some move slowly. The rate at which objects move can be different. Also, different objects can move at the same rate. One of the ways of measuring the rate of motion of an object is to find out the distance travelled by the object in unit time. This quantity is referred to as speed. The SI unit of speed is metre per second. This is represented by the symbol m s –1 or m/s. The other units of speed include centimetre per second (cm s –1 ) and kilometre per hour (km h –1 ). To specify the speed of an object, we require only its magnitude. The speed of an object need not be constant. In most cases, objects will be in nonuniform motion. Therefore, we describe the rate of motion of such objects in terms of their average speed. The average speed of an object is obtained by dividing the total distance travelled by the total time taken. That is, average speed = Total distance travelled Total time taken If an object travels a distance s in time t then its speed v is, v = s t (8.1) Let us understand this by an example. A car travels a distance of 100 km in 2 h. Its average speed is 50 km h –1 . The car might not have travelled at 50 km h –1 all the time. Sometimes it might have travelled faster and sometimes slower than this. Example 8.1 An object travels 16 m in 4 s and then another 16 m in 2 s. What is the average speed of the object? Solution: Total distance travelled by the object = 16 m + 16 m = 32 m Total time taken = 4 s + 2 s = 6 s Average speed = Total distance travelled Total time taken = 32 m 6s = 5.33 m s –1 Therefore, the average speed of the object is 5.33 m s –1 . 8.2.1 SPEED WITH DIRECTION The rate of motion of an object can be more comprehensive if we specify its direction of motion along with its speed. The quantity that specifies both these aspects is called velocity. Velocity is the speed of an object moving in a definite direction. The velocity of an object can be uniform or variable. It can be changed by changing the object’s speed, direction of motion or both. When an object is moving along a straight line at a variable speed, we can express the magnitude of its rate of motion in terms of average velocity. It is calculated in the same way as we calculate average speed. In case the velocity of the object is changing at a uniform rate, then average velocity is given by the arithmetic mean of initial velocity and final velocity for a given period of time. That is, average velocity = initial velocity +finalvelocity 2 Mathematically, v av = u+v 2 (8.2) where v av is the average velocity, u is the initial velocity and v is the final velocity of the object. Speed and velocity have the same units, that is, m s –1 or m/s. Activity ______________8.6 ? Measure the time it takes you to walk from your house to your bus stop or the school. If you consider that your average walking speed is 4 km h –1 , estimate the distance of the bus stop or school from your house. SCIENCE 102 = 50 km 1000m 1h ×× h 1km 3600s = 13.9 m s –1 The average speed of the car is 50 km h –1 or 13.9 m s –1 . Example 8.3 Usha swims in a 90 m long pool. She covers 180 m in one minute by swimming from one end to the other and back along the same straight path. Find the average speed and average velocity of Usha. Solution: Total distance covered by Usha in 1 min is 180 m. Displacement of Usha in 1 min = 0 m Average speed = Total distance covered Totaltimetaken = 180m 180 m 1 min =× 1min 1min 60s = 3 m s 1 Average velocity = Displacement Totaltimetaken = 0m 60 s = 0 m s –1 The average speed of Usha is 3 m s –1 and her average velocity is 0 m s –1 . 8.3 Rate of Change of Velocity During uniform motion of an object along a straight line, the velocity remains constant with time. In this case, the change in velocity of the object for any time interval is zero. However, in nonuniform motion, velocity varies with time. It has different values at different instants and at different points of the path. Thus, the change in velocity of the object during any time interval is not zero. Can we now express the change in velocity of an object? Activity ______________8.7 ? At a time when it is cloudy, there may be frequent thunder and lightning. The sound of thunder takes some time to reach you after you see the lightning. ? Can you answer why this happens? ? Measure this time interval using a digital wrist watch or a stop watch. ? Calculate the distance of the nearest point of lightning. (Speed of sound in air = 346 m s 1 .) uestions 1. Distinguish between speed and velocity. 2. Under what condition(s) is the magnitude of average velocity of an object equal to its average speed? 3. What does the odometer of an automobile measure? 4. What does the path of an object look like when it is in uniform motion? 5. During an experiment, a signal from a spaceship reached the ground station in five minutes. What was the distance of the spaceship from the ground station? The signal travels at the speed of light, that is, 3 × 10 8 m s –1 . Example 8.2 The odometer of a car reads 2000 km at the start of a trip and 2400 km at the end of the trip. If the trip took 8 h, calculate the average speed of the car in km h –1 and m s –1 . Solution: Distance covered by the car, s = 2400 km – 2000 km = 400 km Time elapsed, t = 8 h Average speed of the car is, v av = 400 km 8h = s t = 50 km h –1 QRead More
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