Physics Tutorial 3.1 - Motion. Types of Motion

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There are 2 lessons in this physics tutorial covering Motion. Types of Motion. The tutorial starts with an introduction to Motion. Types of Motion 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 Motion. Types of Motion. you can access all the lessons from this tutorial below.

In this Physics tutorial, you will learn:

  • The meaning of motion
  • Classification of motion according to the moving rhythm (intensity)
  • Classification of motion according to the path


Suppose that you are watching an object. Apparently, it may seem not moving. However, when you watch it again after having lost your attention for a while, you notice that the object is not anymore at the place where it was before. To draw this conclusion, you compare its actual location to any object you consider as fixed (unmoveable) in the surroundings (a building, a tree etc.). Only then, you realize that the object has moved, because it has changed its location with respect to time.

What is motion?

In physics, Motion is the phenomenon in which an object changes its location over time. Mathematically, Motion is described in terms of displacement, distance, velocity, acceleration, speed, and time. We will discuss all these terms in the next articles of this section (chapter).

The following figure shows a cyclist photographed in very short intervals of time. The frames are merged, so you can see how its location has slightly changed in each interval of time.

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In few words, anything that keeps changing its LOCATION with respect to TIME is said to be in motion. In the above figure, different locations of the object during its motion are shown using a professional camera. We can notice the change in location taking as a fixed point the tree in the photo for example.

Types of motion

In Physics, the Motion is classified according to 2 main criteria:

  1. According to the moving intensity (rhythm), and
  2. According to the path's shape

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Kinematics Learning Material
Tutorial IDPhysics Tutorial TitleTutorialVideo
3.1Motion. Types of Motion
Lesson IDPhysics Lesson TitleLessonVideo
3.1.1Types of motion according to the moving intensity (rhythm)
3.1.2Types of motion according to the path's shape

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