IB Physics Unit 2 Mechanics-Motion Notes

2.1 Motion

Essential Idea:
Motion may be described and analysed by the use of graphs and equations

Understandings:

  • Distance and displacement
  • Speed and velocity
  • Acceleration
  • Graphs describing motion
  • Equations of motion for uniform acceleration
  • Projectile motion
  • Fluid resistance and terminal speed

Applications and Skills:

  • Determining instantaneous and average values for velocity, speed and acceleration
  • Solving problems using equations of motion for uniform acceleration
  • Sketching and interpreting motion graphs
  • Determining the acceleration of free-fall experimentally
  • Analysing projectile motion, including the resolution of vertical and horizontal components of acceleration, velocity and displacement
  • Qualitatively describing the effect of fluid resistance on falling objects or projectiles, including reaching terminal speed

MOTION IN A STRAIGHT LINE

BASIC DEFINITIONS

Mechanics : Branch of physics, which deals with the study of objects in rest and in motion.
Statics : Study of objects at rest or in equilibrium.
 
Kinematics : Study of motion of objects without considering the cause of motion.
 
Dynamics : Study of motion of objects considering the cause of motion.
 
Rest  : An object is said to be at rest if it does not change its position with time, with respect to its surrounding (a reference point which is generally taken as origin in numerical problems)
 
Motion : An object is said to be in motion if it changes its position with time, with respect to its surroundings.
Rest and motion are relative terms.
 
Point mass/Point object : An object is said to be a point mass if during its motion it covers distance much greater than its own size.
 
One dimensional motion : An object travels in a straight line. It is also called rectilinear or linear motion. The position change of the object with time in one dimension can be described by only one coordinate.
Ex. A stone falling freely under gravity.
 
Two dimensional motion or motion in a plane : For an object travelling in a plane two coordinates say X and Y are required to describe its motion.
Ex. An insect crawling over the floor.
 
Three dimensional motion : An object travels in space. To describe motion of objects in three dimension require all three coordinates x, y and z.
Ex. A kite flying in the sky.

DISTANCE AND DISPLACEMENT

Distance or Path length : The length of the actual path travelled by an object during motion in a given interval of time is called the distance travelled by that object or path length. It is a scalar quantity.

 

Displacement : It is the shortest distance between the initial and final position of an object and is directed from the initial position to the final position. It is a vector quantity.

 

KEEP IN MEMORY
  1. Displacement may be positive, negative or zero but distance is always positive.
  2. Displacement is not affected by the shift of the coordinate axes.
  3. Displacement of an object is independent of the path followed by the object but distance depends upon path.
  4. Displacement and distance both have same unit as that of length i.e. metre.
  5. For a moving body distance always increases with time
  6. For a body undergoing one dimensional motion, in the same direction distance = | displacement |. For all other motion distance > | displacement |.

SPEED

It is the distance travelled per unit time by an object. It is a scalar quantity. It cannot be negative.

 

Uniform speed : An object is said to be moving with a uniform speed, if it covers equal distances in equal intervals of time, howsoever small the time intervals may be.

 

Non-uniform speed : If an object covers unequal distances in equal interval of time or equal distances in unequal interval of time.

 

Instantaneous speed : The speed of an object at a particular instant of time is called the instantaneous speed.
Vinst =

 

Average speed : It is ratio of the total distance travelled by the object to the total time taken.

 

Dimensions : [M0LT-1]
Unit : In SI systems.

VELOCITY

It is the displacement of an object per unit time. It is a vector quantity. It can be positive negative or zero.

 

Uniform velocity :  An object is said to be moving with a uniform velocity, if it covers equal displacements in equal intervals of time, howsoever small the time intervals may be.

 

Non-uniform velocity : If an object covers unequal displacements in equal interval of time or equal displacements in unequal interval of time.

 

Instantaneous velocity : The velocity of an object at a particular instant of time is called the instantaneous velocity.

 

Average Velocity : It is ratio of the total displacement to the total time taken.

 

Dimensions : [M0LT–1]
Unit : In SI system, m/s

 

KEEP IN MEMORY
  1. | Average velocity | can be zero but average speed cannot be zero for a moving object.
  2. | Instantaneous velocity | = Instantaneous speed.
  3. A particle may have constant speed but variable velocity. It happens when particle travels in curvilinear path.
  4. If the body covers first half distance with speed v1 and next half with speed v2 then
Average speed
  1. If a body covers first one-third distance at a speed v1, next one-third at speed v2 and last one-third at speed v3, then
Average speed
  1. If a body travels with uniform speed v1 for time t1 and with uniform speed v2 for time t2, then
Average speed

ACCELERATION

The rate of change of velocity with respect to time is called acceleration. It is a vector quantity.
Let velocity changes by during some interval of time .
Average acceleration is given by
Instantaneous acceleration is given by
SI unit is meter/sec2 (ms–2).
A body moving with uniform velocity has zero acceleration. It means that neither its speed nor its direction of motion is changing with time.
Uniform acceleration : If the velocity of the body changes in equal amount during same time interval, then the acceleration of the body is said to be uniform.  Acceleration is uniform when neither its direction nor magnitude changes with respect to time.

 

Variable or non-uniform acceleration : If the velocity of body changes in different amounts during same time interval, then the acceleration of the body is known as variable acceleration. Acceleration is variable if either its direction or magnitude or both changes with respect to time. A good example of variable acceleration is the acceleration in uniform circular motion.

EQUATIONS FOR UNIFORMLY ACCELERATED MOTION

When the motion is uniformly accelerated i.e., when acceleration is constant in magnitude and direction :
  • v = u + at
  • v2 – u2 = 2as
where u = initial velocity
v = final velocity
a = uniform acceleration
s = distance travelled in time t
  • Distance travelled in nth second
    sn = ;
sn = distance covered in nth second

 

Above equations in vector form
When displacement (s) is given as a function of time t [s = f(t)] then
We use calculus method (integration and differentiation) for displacement, velocity, acceleration as a function of time.
We know that
; ;
when a = f(s)
,
where s = displacement, v = instantaneous velocity, a = instantaneous acceleration

VERTICAL MOTION UNDER GRAVITY

  • For a body thrown downward with initial velocity u from a height h, the equations of motion are
v = u +gt

  • If initial velocity is zero, then the equations are
v = gt

  • When a body is thrown upwards with initial velocity u, the equations of motion are
v = u – gt
v2 = u2   2gh
To summarise
Note:- Calculus method as shown in non-uniformly accelerated motion may also be used for uniformly accelerated motion.

UNIFORMLY ACCELERATED MOTION : A DISCUSSION

While using equations of motion we can have two approaches.
Approach 1 : Take a = +ve when velocity increases and a = –ve when velocity decreases.
Take rest of physical quantities such as u, v, t and s as positive.

 

Approach 2 : (Vector method)
Assume one direction to be positive and other negative. Assign sign to all the vectors (u, v, a, s), +ve sign is given to a vector which is directed to the positive direction and vice-versa
Normally the direction taken is as drawn above. But it is important to note that you can take any direction of your choice to be positive and the opposite direction to be negative.

 

Note:-  The second method (or approach) is useful only when there is reversal of motion during the activity concerned.

 

KEEP IN MEMORY
  1. The direction of average acceleration vector is the direction of the change in velocity vector

has a direction of
i.e., the resultant of and
  1. There is no definite relationship between velocity vector and acceleration vector.
  2. For a body starting from rest and moving with uniform acceleration, the ratio of distances covered in t1 sec.,
    t2 sec, t3 sec, etc. are in the ratio t12 : t22 : t32 etc.
  3. A body moving with a velocity v is stopped by application of brakes after covering a distance s. If the same body moves with a velocity nv, it stops after covering a distance n2s by the application of same retardation.

 

KEEP IN MEMORY
  1. An object moving under the influence of earth’s gravity in which air resistance and small changes in g are neglected is called a freely falling body.
  2. In the absence of air resistance, the velocity of projection is equal to the velocity with which the body strikes the ground.
  3. Distance travelled by a freely falling body in 1st second is always half of the numerical value of g or 4.9 m, irrespective of height h.
  4. For a freely falling body with initial velocity zero
    1. Velocity ∝ time (v = gt)
    2. Velocity (v2 = 2gs)
    3. Distance fallen α (time)2 , where g is the acceleration due to gravity.
  5. If maximum height attained by a body projected vertically upwards is equal to the magnitude of velocity of projection, then velocity of projection is 2g ms–1 and time of flight is 4 sec.
  6. If maximum height attained by a body projected upward is equal to magnitude of acceleration due to gravity i.e., ‘g’, the time of ascent is √2 sec. and velocity of projection is g√2.
  7. Ratio of maximum heights reached by different bodies projected with velocities u1, u2, u3 etc. are in the ratio of etc. and ratio of times of ascent are in ratio of u1 : u2 : u3 etc.
  8. During free fall velocity increases by equal amount every descend and distance covered during 1st, 2nd, 3rd seconds of fall, are 4.9m, 14.7m, 24.5m.
  1. If a body is projected horizontally from top of a tower, the time taken by it to reach the ground does not depend on the velocity of projection, but depends on the height of tower and is equal to .
  2. If velocity v of a body changes its direction by θ without change in magnitude then the change in velocity will be .
  3. From the top of a tower a body is projected upward with a certain speed, 2nd body is thrown downward with same speed and 3rd is let to fall freely from same point then
where t1 = time taken by the body projected upward,
t2 = time taken by the body thrown downward and
t3 = time taken by the body falling freely.
  1. If a body falls freely from a height h on a sandy surface and it buries into sand upto a depth of x, then the retardation produced by sand is given by .
  2. In case of air resistance, the time of ascent is less than time of descent of a body projected vertically upward i.e. ta < td.
  3. When atmosphere is effective, then buoyancy force always acts in upward direction whether body is moving in upward or downward direction and it depends on volume of the body. The viscous drag force acts against the motion.
  4. If bodies have same volume but different densities, the buoyant force remains the same.

 

CAUTION : Please note that dropping body gets the velocity of the object but if the object is in acceleration, the body dropped will not acquire the acceleration of the object.

 

COMMON DEFAULT

 

Incorrect. In the question, if it is given that a body is dropped, taking its initial velocity zero.
Correct. The initial velocity is zero if the object dropping the body is also at rest (zero velocity). But if the object dropping the body is having a velocity, then the body being dropped will also have initial velocity which will be  same as that of the object.
For example :
  • When an aeroplane flying horizontally drops a bomb.
  • An ascending helicopter dropping a food packet.
  • A stone dropped from a moving train etc.

 

Incorrect. Applying equations of motion in case of non-uniform acceleration of the body.
Correct. The equations of motion are for uniformly accelerated motion of the body.
Please note that when the case is of non-uniform acceleration we use calculus (differentiation and integration).

In fact calculus method is a universal method which can be used both in case of uniform as well as non-uniform acceleration.

 

Incorrect. Taking average velocity same as that of instantaneous velocity.
Correct. Average velocity
It is important to note that average velocity is equal to instantaneous velocity only when the case is of  uniform velocity.

 

Incorrect. Taking acceleration as negative (– a) even when acceleration is an unknown.
Correct. Take acceleration as (a) when it is unknown even if we know that the motion is a case of deceleration or retardation. On solving, we will find the value of (a) to be negative .

 

Incorrect. Magnitude of instantaneous velocity is different from instantaneous speed .
Correct. Magnitude of instantaneous velocity is equal to the instantaneous speed in any case.

VARIOUS GRAPHS RELATED TO MOTION

DISPLACEMENT-TIME GRAPH

In this graph time is plotted on x-axis and displacement on y-axis.
  • For a stationary body (v = 0) the time-displacement graph is a straight line parallel to time axis.
  • When the velocity of a body is constant then time-displacement graph will be an oblique straight line. Greater the slope of the straight line, higher will be the velocity.
  • If the velocity of a body is not constant then the time-displacement curve is a zig-zag curve.
  • For an accelerated motion the slope of time-displacement curve increases with time while for decelerated motion it decreases with time.
  • When the particle returns towards the point of reference then the time-displacement line makes an angle θ > 90° with the time axis.

VELOCITY-TIME GRAPH

In this curve time is plotted along x-axis and velocity is plotted along y-axis.
  • When the velocity of the particle is constant or acceleration is zero.
  • When the particle is moving with a constant acceleration and its initial velocity is zero.
  • When the particle is moving with constant retardation.
  • When the particle moves with non-uniform acceleration and its initial velocity is zero.
  • When the acceleration decreases and increases.
  • The total area enclosed by the time – velocity curve represents the distance travelled by a body.
While finding displacement through v – t graph, keeping sign under consideration.

 

ACCELERATION-TIME GRAPH

In this curve the time is plotted along X-axis and acceleration is plotted along Y-axis.
  • When the acceleration of the particle is zero.
  • When acceleration is constant
  • When acceleration is increasing and is positive.
  • When acceleration is decreasing and is negative
  • When initial acceleration is zero and rate of change of acceleration is non-uniform
  • The change in velocity of the particle = area enclosed by the time-acceleration curve.

RELATIVE VELOCITY (IN ONE DIMENSION)

The velocity of A relative to B is the velocity with which A appears to be moving w.r.t.an observer who is moving with the velocity of B
Relative velocity of A w.r.t. B
Similarly, relative velocity of B w.r.t. A
Case 1 : Bodies moving in same direction
                       
⇒  vAB = vA – vB
Case 2 : Bodies moving in opposite direction

⇒  vAB = vA + vB

MOTION IN A PLANE

SCALARS AND VECTORS

Scalars : The physical quantities which have only magnitude but no direction, are called  scalar quantities.
For example – distance, speed, work, temperature, mass, etc.
Scalars are added, subtracted, multiplied and divided by ordinary laws of algebra.
Vectors : For any quantity to be a vector,
  • it must have magnitude.
  • it must have direction.
  • it must satisfy parallelogram law of vector addition.
For example – displacement, velocity, force, etc.
Note – Electric current has magnitude as well as direction but still it is not treated as a vector quantity because it is added by ordinary law of algebra.

TYPES OF VECTORS

LIKE VECTORS
Vectors having same direction are called like vectors. The magnitude may or may not be equal.
and are like vectors. These are also called parallel vectors or collinear vectors.
EQUAL VECTORS
Vectors having same magnitude and same direction are called equal vectors.
Here and are equal vectors
Thus, equal vector is a special case of like vector.
UNLIKE VECTORS
Vectors having exactly opposite directions are called unlike vectors.
The magnitude may or may not be equal.
and are unlike vectors.
NEGATIVE VECTORS
Vectors having exactly opposite direction and equal magnitudes are called negative vectors.
Here and are negative vectors, = –
Thus negative vectors is a special case of unlike vectors.
UNIT VECTOR
Vector which has unit magnitude. It represents direction only. For example take a vector . Unit vector in the direction of is ,  which is denoted as . , is read as “B cap” or “B caret”.
ORTHOGONAL UNIT VECTOR
A set of unit vectors, having the directions of the positive x, y and z axes of three dimensional rectangular coordinate system are denoted by . They are called orthogonal unit vectors because angle between any of the two unit vectors is 90º.
The coordinate system which has shown in fig. is called right handed coordinate system. Such a system derives its name from the fact that right threaded screw rotated through 90º from OX to OY will advance in positive Z direction as shown in the figure.
NULL VECTOR (ZERO VECTOR)
A vector of zero magnitude is called a zero or null vector. Its direction is not defined. It is denoted by 0.

Properties of Null or Zero Vector :

  • The sum of a finite vector and the zero vector is equal to the finite vector
i.e.,
  • The multiplication of a zero vector by a finite number n is equal to the zero vector
i.e.,  0 n = 0
  • The multiplication of a finite by a zero is equal to zero vector
i.e.,
AXIAL VECTOR
Vector associated with rotation about an axis i.e., produce rotation effect is called axial vector. Examples are angular velocity, angular momentum, torque etc.
COPLANAR VECTORS
Vectors in the same plane are called coplanar vectors.
POSITION VECTORS AND DISPLACEMENT VECTORS
The vector drawn from the origin of the coordinate axes to the position of a particle is called position vector of the particle. If A (x1, y1, z1) and B (x2, y2, z2) be the positions of the particle at two different times of its motion w.r.t. the origin O, then position vector of A and B are
 

LAWS  OF VECTOR  ALGEBRA

ADDITION OF VECTORS

TRIANGLE LAW OF VECTOR ADDITION

It states that if two vectors acting on a particle at the same time are represented in magnitude and direction by the two sides of a triangle taken in one order, their resultant vector is represented in magnitude and direction by the third side of the triangle taken in opposite order.
Magnitude of is given by
where is the angle between and.

PARALLELOGRAM LAW OF VECTOR ADDITION

It states that if two vectors are represented in magnitude and direction by the two adjacent sides of a parallelogram then their resultant is represented in magnitude and direction by the diagonal of the parallelogram.
Let the two vectors and., inclined at angle are represented by sides OP and OQ of parallelogram OPQS, then resultant vector is represented by diagonal OQ of the parallelogram.

POLYGON LAW OF VECTOR ADDITION

If a number of non zero vectors are represented by the (n–1) sides of an n-sided polygon then the resultant is given by the closing side or the nth side of the polygon taken in opposite order.
Note:
  • Resultant of two unequal vectors cannot be zero.
  • Resultant of three coplanar vectors may or may not be zero.
  • Minimum no. of coplanar vectors for zero resultant is 2 (for equal magnitude) and 3 (for unequal magnitude).
  • Resultant of three non coplanar vectors cannot be zero. Minimum number of non coplanar vectors whose sum can be zero is four.
  • Polygon law should be used only for diagram purpose for calculation of resultant vector (For addition of more than 2 vectors) we use components of vector.

KEEP IN MEMORY

  • A vector can be divided or multiplied by a scalar.
  • Vectors of the same kind can only be added or subtracted. It is not possible to add or subtract the vectors of different kind. This rule is also valid for scalars.
  • Vectors of same as well as different kinds can be multiplied.
  • A vector can have any number of components. But it can have only three rectangular components in space and two rectangular components in a plane. Rectangular components are mutually perpendicular.
  • The minimum number of unequal non-coplanar whose vector sum is zero is 4.

SUBTRACTION OF VECTORS

We convert vector subtraction into vector addition.
 
 
If  the angle between  and is θ then the angle between

RESOLUTION OF A VECTOR

RECTANGULAR COMPONENTS OF A VECTOR IN PLANE

The vector may be written as = Ax i + Ay j
where Ax i is the component of vector in X-direction and Ay j is the component of vector  in the Y-direction.
Also Ax = A cos θ and Ay = A sin θ
= (A cosθ) i + (A sinθ) j
⇒ A cos θ and A sin θ are the magnitudes of the components of in X and Y-direction respectively.
Also

RECTANGULAR COMPONENTS OF A VECTOR IN 3D

Three rectangular components along X, Y and Z direction are given by Ax i, Ay j, Az k Therefore, vector may be written as
and
If , β and γ are the angles subtended by the rectangular components of vector then
cos = cos β = and cos γ=
Also, cos2 + cos2 β+ cos2 γ = 1
CAUTION
Do not resolve the vector at its head.
The vector is always resolved at its tail.

PRODUCT OF TWO VECTORS

SCALAR OR DOT PRODUCT

The scalar or dot product of two vectors A and B is a scalar, which is equal to the product of the magnitudes of  and and cosine of the smaller angle between them.
i.e., .=  A B cosθ
e.g.

PROPERTIES OF SCALAR OR DOT PRODUCT

  1. .=  A (B cosθ) =  B (A cosθ)
The dot product of two vectors can be interpreted as the product of the magnitude of one vector and the magnitude of the component of the other vector along the direction of the first vector.
  1. Dot product of two vectors is commutative.
  2.  Dot product is distributive.
  3. = (Ax Bx + Ay By + Az Bz)

VECTOR OR CROSS PRODUCT

The vector product of two vectors is defined as a vector having magnitude equal to the product of two vectors and sine of the angle between them. Its direction is perpendicular to the plane containing the two vectors (direction of the vector is given by right hand screw rule or right hand thumb rule.
The direction of perpendicular to the plane containing vectors and in the sense of advance of a right handed screw rotated from to is through the smaller angle between them.
 

PROPERTIES OF VECTOR OR CROSS PRODUCT

 
  1. The cross product of two vectors represents the area of the parallelogram formed by them.
= area of parallelogram PQRS
= 2 (area of ΔPQR)
  1. A unit vector which is perpendicular to A as well as B is

KEEP IN MEMORY

Division by a vector is not defined. Because, it is not possible to divide by a direction.

The sum and product of vectors is independent of coordinate axes system.

CONDITION OF ZERO RESULTANT VECTOR

If the three vectors acting on a point object at the same time are represented in magnitude and direction by the three sides of a triangle taken in order, then their resultant is zero and the three vectors are said to be in equilibrium.
i.e.

LAMI’S THEOREM

It states that if three forces acting at a point are in equilibrium, then each force is proportional to the sine of the angle between the other two forces.
or,

MOTION IN A PLANE OR MOTION IN TWO DIMENSIONS

The motion in which the movement of a body is restricted to a plane is called motion in a plane.
Example : A ball is thrown with some initial velocity (u) and making angle θ with horizontal.
The general approach to solve problem on this topic is to resolve the motion into two mutually perpendicular coordinates. One along X-axis and other along Y-axis. These two motions are independent of each other and can be treated as two separate rectilinear motions.
The velocity v and acceleration a can be resolved into its x and y components.
 
x-component of motion y- component of motion
vx = ux + axt vy = uy + ayt
x = ux t +axt2 y = uyt +ayt2
vx2 – ux2 = 2 axx vy2 – uy2 = 2 ayy
x =  y =

VELOCITY

The ratio of the displacement and the corresponding time interval is called the average velocity.
Average velocity
Instantaneous velocity
The magnitude of  v =
The direction of the velocity,

ACCELERATION

The average acceleration in a x–y plane in time interval Δt is the change in velocity divided by the time interval.
Average acceleration
Instantaneous acceleration
In two or three dimensions, the velocity and acceleration vectors may have any angle between 0°and 180° between them.

RELATIVE VELOCITY IN TWO DIMENSIONS

If two objects A and B moving with velocities VA and VB with respect to some common frame of reference, then :
  • Relative velocity of A w.r.t B
  • Relative velocity of B w.r.t. A
Therefore, VAB =- VBA and

PROJECTILE MOTION

Projectile is the name given to a body thrown with some initial velocity in any arbitrary direction and then allowed to move under the influence of gravity alone.
Examples : A football kicked by the player, a stone thrown from the top of building, a bomb released from a plane.
The path followed by the projectile is called a trajectory.
The projectile moves under the action of two velocities:
  • A uniform velocity in the horizontal direction, which does not change (if there is no air resistance)
  • A uniformly changing velocity in the vertical direction due to gravity.
The horizontal and vertical motions are independent of each other.

TYPES OF PROJECTILE

  • Oblique projectile : In this, the body is given an initial velocity making an angle with the horizontal and it moves under the influence of gravity along a parabolic path.
  • Horizontal projectile : In this, the body is given an initial velocity directed along the horizontal and then it moves under the influence of gravity along a parabolic path.
MOTION ALONG X-AXIS
ux = u, ax = 0
x  = uxt  + axt2
x  = ut + 0
∴   t = x/u …… (1)
MOTION ALONG Y-AXIS
uy = 0,      ay = g
y  = uyt  + ayt2  ⇒ 0 + gt2
y = gt2 …… (2)
From equations (1) and (2) we get  y = which is the equation of a parabola.
VELOCITY AT ANY INSTANT
v =
If β is the angle made by with the horizontal, then
tanβ = =
TIME OF FLIGHT AND HORIZONTAL RANGE
If h is the distance of the ground from the point of projection, T is the time taken to strike the ground and R is the horizontal range of the projectile then
T = and
Case 1 : If the projectile is projected from the top of the tower of height ‘h’, in horizontal direction, then the height of tower h, range x and time of flight t are related as :
Case 2 : If a particle is projected at an angle (θ) in upward direction from the top of tower of height h with velocity u, then
uy = u sin θ
ay = – g
ux = u cos θ
ax = 0
and x = u cosθ.t
Case 3 : If a body is projected at an angle (θ) from the top of tower in downward direction then
uy = – u sin θ,  ux = u cosθ, ax = 0  
ay =  and  x = u cosθ.t

EQUATION OF TRAJECTORY

Let the point from which the projectile is thrown into space is taken as the origin, horizontal direction in the plane of motion is taken as the X-axis, the vertical direction is taken as the Y-axis, Let the projectile be thrown with a velocity u making an angle θ with the X-axis.
The components of the initial velocity in the X-direction and Y-direction are u cos θ and u sin θ respectively. Then at any instant of time t,
MOTION ALONG X-AXIS
ux = ucosθ,  ax = 0
x = (u cosθ) t …(1)
MOTION ALONG Y-AXIS
uy =  u sin θ, ay = –g
y = uyt + ayt2
y = u sinθ t + gt2 …(2)
From equations (1) and (2) we get
y = x tanθ which is the equation of a parabola. Hence the path followed by the projectile is parabolic.
VELOCITY AT ANY POINT
Let vy be the vertical velocity of projectile at time t. (at P)
And vx be the horizontal component of velocity at time t.
and the instantaneous angle (β) with horizontal is given by
TIME OF FLIGHT
The time of flight of the projectile is given by
where ‘t’ is the time of ascent or descent.
MAXIMUM HEIGHT
Maximum height attained by the projectile is given by
.
In case of vertical motion, θ = 90º so maximum height attained
HORIZONTAL RANGE
The horizontal range of the projectile is given by
and at θ = 45º ( maximum value of sin2θ = 1)
Note : If projection angle is  from vertical then, angle of projection is  .
KEEP IN MEMORY
  1. The horizontal range of the projectile is same at two angles of projection for θ and (90° – θ).
  2. The height attained by the projectile above the ground is the largest when the angle of projection with the horizontal is 90° (vertically upward projection). In such a case time of flight is largest but the range is the smallest (zero).
  3. If the velocity of projection is doubled. The maximum height attained and the range become 4 times, but the time of flight is doubled.
  4. When the horizontal range of the projectile is maximum, (θ = 45°), then the maximum height attained is ¼th of the range.
  5. For a projectile fired from the ground, the maximum height is attained after covering a horizontal distance equal to half of the range.
The velocity of the projectile is minimum but not zero at the highest point, and is equal to u cosθ i.e. at the highest point of the trajectory, the projectile has net velocity in the horizontal direction (vertical component is zero). Horizontal component of velocity also remains same as the component of g in horizontal direction is zero i.e., no acceleration in horizontal direction.

PROJECTILE ON AN INCLINED PLANE

Let a body is thrown from a plane OA inclined at an angle α with the horizontal, with a constant velocity u in a direction making an angle θ with the horizontal.
The body returns back on the same plane OA.
Hence the net displacement of the particle in a direction normal to the plane OA is zero.
ux = u cos (θ –α) along the incline, + x-axis)
uy = u sin (θ –α) along the incline, + y-axis)
ax = g sin α along – x-axis, as retardation
ay = g cos α along – y-axis, as retardation
The time of flight of the projectile is given by
or
If maximum height above the inclined plane is H,
The horizontal range R of the projectile is given by
OB = u cos θ t =
The range of the projectile at the inclined plane is given by
OA =
CONDITION FOR HORIZONTAL RANGE (R) ON THE INCLINED PLANE TO BE MAXIMUM
Since
{2 sin A cos B = sin(A+B)+sin(A–B)}
R is maximum when sin (2θ –α) is maximum
i.e., sin (2θ – α) = 1 or
or Rmax(on inclined plane)
where Rmax (on horizontal plane) .
CONDITION FOR TIME OF FLIGHT (T) TO BE MAXIMUM
so T is max when sin (θ – α) is maximum i.e.,  sin (θ –α) = 1 or
It means that if θ1 is the angle for projectile for which T is maximum and θ2 is the angle for which R is maximum, then θ1 = 2θ2.
KEEP IN MEMORY
  1. Equation of trajectory of an oblique projectile in terms of range (R) is
  1. There are two unique times at which the projectile is at the same height h(< H) and the sum of these two times.
Since, h = (u sin θ)t is a quadratic in time, so it has two unique roots t1 and t2 (say) such that sum of roots
(t1 + t2) is and product (t1t2) is .
The time lapse (t1– t2) is

UNIFORM AND NON-UNIFORM CIRCULAR MOTION

UNIFORM CIRCULAR MOTION

An object moving in a circle with a constant speed is said to be in uniform circular motion. Example – Motion of the tip of the second hand of a clock.
ANGULAR DISPLACEMENT : Change in angular position is called angular displacement (dθ).
ANGULAR VELOCITY : Rate of change of angular displacement is called angular velocity ω
i.e.,
Relation between linear velocity (v) and angular velocity (ω).
ANGULAR ACCELERATION : Rate of change of angular velocity is called angular acceleration.
i.e.,
Relation between linear acceleration and angular acceleration.
CENTRIPETAL ACCELERATION : Acceleration acting on a body moving in uniform circular motion is called centripetal acceleration. It arises due to the change in the direction of the velocity vector.
Magnitude of centripetal acceleration is
This acceleration is always directed radially towards the centre of the circle.
CENTRIPETAL FORCE : The force required to keep a body moving in uniform circular motion is called centripetal force.
It is always directed radially inwards.
CENTRIFUGAL FORCE : Centrifugal force is a fictitious force which acts on a body in rotating (non-inertial frames) frame of reference.
Magnitude of the centrifugal force
This force is always directed radially outwards and is also called coriolis force.

NON-UNIFORM CIRCULAR MOTION

An object moving in a circle with variable speed is said to be in non-uniform circular motion.
If the angular velocity varies with time, the object has two accelerations possessed by it, centripetal acceleration (ac) and Tangential acceleration (aT) and both perpendicular to each other.
Net acceleration
 
KEEP IN MEMORY
  1. Angular displacement behaves like vector, when its magnitude is very small. It follows laws of vector addition.
  2. Angular velocity and angular acceleration are axial vectors.
  3. Centripetal acceleration always directed towards the centre of the circular path and is always perpendicular to the instantaneous velocity of the particle.
  4. Circular motion is uniform if aT = rα = 0, that is angular velocity remains constant and radial acceleration is constant.
  5. When aT or α is present, angular velocity varies with time and net acceleration is
  6. If aT = 0 or α = 0, no work is done in circular motion.

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