1. Speed, velocity and acceleration
Graphical analysis of motion
2. Kinematics 2
3. Distance is the total length travel irrespective
of the direction of motion. It is a scalar
Displacement is the distance moved in a
particular direction. It is a vector quantity.
4. Kinematics 4
Actual length covered by
moving body irrespective the
Shortest distance between
initial and final position
5. Aspect Distance Displacement
Total route by
SI Unit metre / m
6. If you walk 2 km from home to school, and 2 km
back to school to home, then you have travelled
a total distance of 4 km. On the other hand, as
your final position is the same as your initial
position, your displacement is zero.
A physics teacher walks 4 meters East, 2 meters
South, 4 meters West, and finally 2 meters
What is the total distance travelled?
What is the boy’s displacement from P?
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8. The speed of an object is the distance moved
by the object per unit time. It also is defined as
the rate of change of distance.
The common units for speed are metres per
second (m s-1) and kilometres per hour ( km h-1).
9. For most journeys, speed is not constant.
Normally we take the journey as a whole and
calculate the average speed.
This average speed is also known as the
If a car is taken from the garage, driven for 100 km
before returning to the garage after 2 hours, what is
it average speed?
10. Velocity is the distance travelled per unit time
in a specified direction. It is also defined as the
rate of change of displacement.
Velocity is also measured in m s-1 and km h-1.
It is a vector quantity as the direction of travel
11. Aspect Speed Velocity
Rate of change of
Rate of change of
Type of Quantity Scalar Vector
= Total distance
= Total displacement
SI Unit metre per second / m s-1
12. Example 3
A cyclist travels 6 km due east and then
makes a turn to travel a further distance of
8 km due north. The whole journey takes 2
the distance travelled by the cyclist,
the average speed of the cyclist,
the displacement of the cyclist,
the average velocity of the cyclist.
13. Example 4
A boy run 5 km due west and then return back to
travel a further distance of 4 km before resting.
The whole journey takes 1 hour. Calculate
his total distance travelled,
his average speed,
his displacement from the starting point,
his average velocity.
14. Example 5
A car starts from point O and moves to U, 50 m
to the north in 60 s. The car then moves to B,
120 m to the west in 40 s. Finally, it stops.
total distance moved by the car
displacement of the car
speed of the car when it is moves to the north
velocity of the car
average speed of the car
15. 1. A car travels along the route PQRST in 30
What is the average speed of the car?
A. 10 km / hour
B. 20 km / hour
C. 30 km / hour
D. 60 km / hour
16. 2. A man crosses a road 8.0 m wide at a speed
of 2.0 m / s.
How long does the man take to cross the
A. 4.0 s
B. 6.0 s
C. 10 s
D. 16 s
17. 3. A child is standing on the platform of a
station, watching the trains.
A train travelling at 30 m / s takes 3 s to
pass the child.
What is the length of the train?
A. 10 m
B. 30 m
C. 90 m
D. 270 m
18. 4. A car driver takes a total of two hours to
make a journey of 75 km. She has a coffee
break of half an hour and spends a quarter
of an hour stationary in a traffic jam.
At what average speed must she travel
during the rest of the time if she wants to
complete the journey in the two hours?
1. 38 km/ h
2. 50 km/ h
3. 60 km/ h
4. 75 km/ h
19. 5. A car takes 1 hour to travel 100 km along a
main road and then ½ hour to travel 20 km
along a side road.
What is the average speed of the car for
the whole journey?
A. 60 km / h
B. 70 km / h
C. 80 km / h
D. 100 km / h
20. 6. A car travels at various speeds during a
7. The table shows the distances travelled and
the time taken during each of four stages P,
Q, R and S.
21. 1. During which two stages is the car
travelling at the same speed?
A. P and Q
B. P and S
C. Q and R
D. R and S
22. 7. A train travels along a track from Aytown to
Beetown. The map shows the route.
23. 1. The distance travelled by the train
between the towns is 210 km. It moves at
an average speed of 70 km/ h.
2. How long does the journey take?
24. 8. The circuit of a motor racing track is 3 km
in length. In a race, a car goes 25 times
round the circuit in 30 minutes.
9. What is the average speed of the car?
A. 75 km / hour
B. 90 km / hour
C. 150 km / hour
D. 750 km / hour
25. 9. A tunnel has a length of 50 km. A car takes
20 min to travel between the two ends of
10. What is the average speed of the car?
A. 2.5 km/ h
B. 16.6 km/ h
C. 150 km/ h
D. 1000 km/ h
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27. Acceleration is defined as the rate of change of
The SI unit for acceleration is m s-2.
Acceleration is a vector quantity. The direction
of acceleration is the direction of change in
28. There is acceleration only when velocity
If velocity is constant throughout, there is
If the velocity is increasing, the object is
said to be accelerating.
If the velocity is decreasing, then the
object is said to have negative acceleration
or deceleration or retardation.
A body is said to move with uniform
acceleration if its rate of change of
velocity with time is constant.
29. 1. A car accelerates from rest to 50 ms-1 in
10 s. Calculates the acceleration of the
2. A car is uniformly retarded and brought
to rest from a speed of 108 ms-1 in 15 s.
Find its acceleration.
3. The driver of a car brakes when the car
is travelling at 30 ms-1. The velocity of
the car is reduced to 10 ms-1 after 5 s.
What is its average acceleration?
30. 4. If a car can accelerate at 3.2 ms-2, how long
will it take to speed up from 15 ms-1 to 22
5. How fast does a motorcycle travel if it starts
at rest and is going 22 ms-1 after 5 seconds?
6. What is the acceleration of a car that speeds
up from 12 ms-1 to 30 ms-1 in 15 seconds?
7. A truck travelling at 25 ms-1 puts its brakes
on for 4 s. This produces a retardation of 2
ms-2. What does the truck’s velocity drop to?
31. 8. How fast does a car travel if it is going 4
m/s and accelerates at 3.5 m/s2 for 5
9. If a car is going at 12 m/s, how long will
it take to reach a speed of 26 m/s if it
accelerates at 2.2 m/s2?
10. A car moving along a straight level road
has an initial speed of 3 m/s and its
acceleration is 2 m/s2. What is the speed
of the car after 5 s?
32. 11. A car sets off from a traffic lights. It
reaches a speed of 27 m/s in 18 s. What is
12. A train, initially moving at 12 m/s, speeds
up to 36 m/s in 120 s. What is its
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34. A common way of analyzing the motion of
objects in physics labs is to perform a ticker
35. A ticker tape timer consists of an electrical
vibrator which vibrates 50 times per second.
The time interval between two adjacent dots
on the ticker-tape is called one tick.
One tick is equal to 1/50 s or 0.02 s.
36. Find the number of ticks and the time interval
between the first dot and the last dot on each
of the ticker tapes below. The frequency of the
ticker timer is equal to 50Hz.
37. The trail of dots provides a history of the object's
motion and is therefore a representation of the
The distance between dots on a ticker tape
represents the object's position change during
that time interval.
A large distance between dots indicates that the
object was moving fast during that time interval.
A small distance between dots means the object was
moving slow during that time interval.
38. Pattern Explanations
The distance between the dots is the
same. It shows that the object is moving
with constant speed.
The distance between the dots is short.
It shows that the speed of the object is
The distance between the dots is far. It
shows that the object is moving at a high
39. The analysis of a ticker tape diagram will also
reveal if the object is moving with a constant
velocity or with a changing velocity
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The distance between the dots is
increased. It shows that the speed of the
The distance between the dots is
decreased. It shows that the speed of
the object decreases.
56. From the displacement-time graph
Its gradient gives the velocity of the moving
From velocity-time graph
Its gradient gives the acceleration of the moving
The area under the graph gives the distance
travelled by the object
30 60 90 120
Figure below shows the velocity a cyclist as she
cycled through a town.
58. 1. What was the cyclist’s velocity after 60 s?
2. How long did she have to wait at the traffic
3. Which was larger, her deceleration as she
stopped at the traffic lights, or her
acceleration when she started again? Explain
4. What is her total distance travelled for 120 s
of the journey?
59. Figure below represents graphically the
velocity of a bus moving along a straight road
over a period of time.
0 20 40 60 80 100 t / s
60. 1. What does the portion of the graph
between 0 and A indicate?
2. What can you say about the motion of the
bus between B and C?
3. What is the acceleration of the bus
between C and D?
4. What is the total distance traveled by the
bus in 100 s?
5. What is the average velocity of the bus?
61. The graph below shows how the velocity of a
certain body varies with time, t.
10 20 30 40 50
62. 1. Calculate the acceleration during the first
10 s shown on the graph.
2. During the period t = 30 s to t = 45 s the
body decelerates uniformly to rest.
Complete the graph and obtain the velocity
of the body when t = 38 s.
3. Obtain the distance travelled by the body
during the period t = 30 s and t = 45 s.
63. A cyclist started from rest achieved a speed
of 10 m s-1 in 5 s. He then cycled at this
speed constantly for the next 15 s. Finally he
decelerate to complete his 30 s journey.
1. Sketch a velocity-time graph for the whole
2. Calculate his deceleration in the last 10
seconds of the journey.
3. Calculate the distance that he travelled during
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5 20 30
67. A locomotive pulling a train out from one
station travels along a straight horizontal
track towards another station. The following
describe the velocity of the train varies with
time over the whole journey.
It started from rest and gain a speed of 40 ms-1 in
It then travel with this speed constantly for 10 s.
Finally it decelerates and reach the other station
within 2 s.
68. Using the information given
1. Sketch a velocity-time graph for this journey.
1. the acceleration of the train in the first 2 s.
2. the total distance travel between the two stations.
3. the average velocity of the train.
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2 12 14
73. 1. What must change when a body is
A. the force acting on the body
B. the mass of the body
C. the speed of the body
D. the velocity of the body
74. 2. Which of the following defines
75. 3. Which quantity X is calculated using this
B. average velocity
C. distance travelled
76. 4. A car is brought to rest in 5 s from a speed
of 10 m / s.
5. What is the average deceleration of the
A. 0.5 m / s2
B. 2 m / s2
C. 15 m / s2
D. 50 m / s2
77. 5. A tennis player hits a ball over the net.
78. 1. In which position is the ball accelerating?
A. P and Q only
B. P and R only
C. Q and R only
D. P, Q and R
79. 6. The diagram shows a strip of paper tape
that has been pulled under a vibrating arm
by an object moving at constant speed. The
arm was vibrating regularly, making 50 dots
80. 1. What was the speed of the object?
A. 2.0 cm / s
B. 5.0 cm / s
C. 100 cm / s
D. 200 cm / s
81. 7. Which speed / time graph applies to an
object at rest?
82. 8. The speed-time graph shown is for a bus
travelling between stops.
9. Where on the graph is the acceleration of
the bus the greatest?
83. 9. A skier is travelling downhill. The
acceleration on hard snow is 4 m / s2 and
on soft snow is 2 m / s2.
10. Which graph shows the motion of the skier
when moving from hard snow to soft snow?
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85. 10. The graph shows the speed of a car as it
accelerates from rest.
11. During part of this time the acceleration is
86. 1. What is the size of this uniform
A. 5 m/s2
B. 6 m/s2
C. 10 m/s2
D. 20 m/s2
87. 11. The diagram shows a speed-time graph for
a body moving with constant acceleration.
88. 1. What is represented by the shaded area
under the graph?
89. 12. The graph illustrates the motion of an
90. 1. Which feature of the graph represents the
distance travelled by the object whilst
moving at a constant speed?
A. area S
B. area S + area T
C. area T
D. the gradient at point X
91. 13. A cyclist is riding along a road when an
animal runs in front of him. The graph
shows the cyclist’s motion. He sees the
animal at P, starts to brake at Q and stops
92. 1. What is used to find the distance travelled
after he applies the brakes?
A. the area under line PQ
B. the area under line QR
C. the gradient of line PQ
D. the gradient of line QR
93. 14. The diagram shows the speed-time graph
for an object moving at constant speed.
94. 1. What is the distance travelled by the
object in the first 3 s?
A. 1.5 m
B. 2.0 m
C. 3.0 m
D. 6.0 m
95. 15. A car accelerates from traffic lights. The
graph shows how the car’s speed changes
96. 1. How far does the car travel before it
reaches a steady speed?
A. 10 m
B. 20 m
C. 100 m
D. 200 m
97. 16. The graph represents the movement of a
body accelerating from rest.
98. 1. After 5 seconds how far has the body
A. 2 m
B. 10 m
C. 25 m
D. 50 m
99. 17. The graph shows the movement of a car
over a period of 50 s.
100. 1. What was the distance travelled by the car
during the time when it was moving at a
A. 10 m
B. 100 m
C. 200 m
D. 400 m
101. 18. The graph shows the movement of a car
over a period of 50 s.
102. 1. What was the distance travelled by the car
while its speed was increasing?
A. 10 m
B. 20 m
C. 100 m
D. 200 m
103. 19. The graph represents part of the journey of
104. 1. What distance does the car travel during
this part of the journey?
A. 150 m
B. 300 m
C. 600 m
D. 1200 m
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112. A free falling object is an object that is
falling under the sole influence of gravity.
Any object that is being acted upon only by
the force of gravity is said to be in a state of
113. There are three important motion
characteristics that are true of free-
Free-falling objects do not encounter air
All free-falling objects (on Earth) accelerate
downwards at a rate of 9.8 m/s2 (often
approximated as 10 m/s2)
Not affected by mass and shape of the object.
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At the start of his jump the
air resistance is zero so he
116. Kinematics 122
As his speed increases his
air resistance will also
117. Kinematics 123
Eventually the air resistance will be
big enough to balance the skydiver’s
118. How the forces change with time.
(constant value &
(acceleration OR changing
119. The size of the air resistance on an object
depends on the area of the object and its
the larger the area, the larger the air resistance.
the faster the speed, the larger the air resistance.
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When he opens his
parachute the air
him to start slow
121. Kinematics 127
Because he is
slowing down his air
decrease until it
balances his weight.
The skydiver has now
reached a new, lower
Parachute opens –
diver slows down
New, lower terminal
Diver hits the
123. 1. A small steel ball is dropped from a low
Ignoring air resistance, which statement
describes its motion?
A. It falls with constant acceleration.
B. It falls with constant speed.
C. It falls with decreasing acceleration.
D. It falls with decreasing speed.
124. 2. A student drops a table-tennis ball in air.
1. What happens to the velocity and to the
acceleration of the ball during the first few
seconds after release?
125. 3. Two stones of different weight fall at the
same time from a table. Air resistance may
4. What will happen and why?
126. 4. The three balls shown are dropped from a
Which balls have the same acceleration?
A. aluminium and lead only
B. aluminium and wood only
C. lead and wood only
D. aluminium, lead and wood
127. 5. Which graph shows the motion of a heavy,
steel ball falling from a height of 2 m?
128. 6. A stone falls freely from the top of a cliff
into the sea. Air resistance may be ignored.
Which graph shows how the acceleration of
the stone varies with time as it falls?
129. 7. An object is falling under gravity with
What is happening to its speed?
A. It is decreasing to a lower value.
B. It is decreasing to zero.
C. It is increasing.
D. It is staying constant.
130. 8. The diagrams show a parachutist in four
positions after she jumps from a high balloon.
At which position does she have terminal
131. 9. Which graph represents the motion of a
body falling vertically that reaches a
132. 10. The speed-time graph for a falling skydiver
is shown below. The skydiver alters his fall
first by spreading his arms and legs and
then by using a parachute.
11. Which part of the graph shows the diver
falling with terminal velocity?
133. (a) (i) weight or gravity
(ii) air resistance or drag or friction
(b) (i) 9.8 m/s2 or 10 m/s2
(ii) air resistance increases to oppose gravity
or air resistance increases as speed increases
(iii) air resistance = weight
or downward force balances upward force
or no resultant force
134. (a) (i) 9.8 m/s2 or 10 m/s2
(b) (i) air resistance = weight
or downward force balances upward force
or no resultant force
(ii) weight larger than air resistance
or downward force greater than upward force
(c) coin and paper accelerate at 10 m/s2
hit bottom at the same time
not fall at same time
135. (a) decelerating uniformly and comes to rest at 4 s
(b) (i) 40 m/s
(ii) 4 s
change in speed
40 − 0
acceleration = 10 m/s2
(c) distance = area under the graph
× 40 × 4
distance = 80 m
136. LEARNING OUTCOMES
137. State what is meant by speed and velocity.
Calculate average speed using distance
State what is meant by uniform acceleration
and calculate the value of an acceleration
using change in velocity/time taken.
Discuss non-uniform acceleration.
138. Plot and interpret speed-time and distance-
Recognise from the shape of a speed-time
graph when a body is
moving with uniform speed,
moving with uniform acceleration,
moving with non-uniform acceleration.
Calculate the area under a speed-time graph
to determine the distance travelled for
motion with uniform speed or uniform
139. State that the acceleration of free-fall for a
body near to the Earth is constant and is
approximately 10 m/s2.
Describe qualitatively the motion of bodies
with constant weight falling with and without
air resistance (including reference to