Physics Tutorial 3.2 - Position, Reference Point

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There are 3 lessons in this physics tutorial covering Position, Reference Point. The tutorial starts with an introduction to Position, Reference Point and is then followed with a list of the separate lessons, the tutorial is designed to be read in order but you can skip to a specific lesson or return to recover a specific physics lesson as required to build your physics knowledge of Position, Reference Point. you can access all the lessons from this tutorial below.

In this Physics tutorial, you will learn:

  • The meaning of Reference Point
  • What is Position?
  • What is Location and where does it differ from Position?
  • How to express the Position in a system of coordinates?


In the previous Physics Tutorial, "Types of Motion", we described the motion as "the phenomenon in which an object changes its location over time." But, is it always easy to know whether an object is moving or not?

Consider the following examples:

  1. You are looking at the downloading bar on a PC screen when a very heavy file is being downloaded and the internet is very slow.
  2. You are observing the stars during the night in a clear sky.
  3. You are looking the minutes hand of a wall clock.

Is it easy to detect any motion in the above examples? Why?

Which action would help you find whether the abovementioned objects are moving or not? Why?

Please select a specific "Position, Reference Point" lesson from the table below, review the video tutorial, print the revision notes or use the practice question to improve your knowledge of this physics topic.

Kinematics Learning Material
Tutorial IDPhysics Tutorial TitleTutorialVideo
3.2Position, Reference Point
Lesson IDPhysics Lesson TitleLessonVideo
3.2.1The meaning of reference point
3.2.2What is Position? How does it differ from Location?
3.2.3Position in the system of coordinates

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