Linear Kinematics

# Linear Kinematics - Describing Objects in Linear Motion...

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Describing Objects in Linear Motion

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Linear Kinematics Kinematics is the branch of dynamics concerned with the description of motion.
Important Kinematic Terms Motion (movement) Speed Velocity Acceleration

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Motion (movement) def : the action or process of change in position. Space and time are necessary components of motion.
Types of Motion 1. Linear 1. Angular 1. General (combination of linear and angular motion)

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Linear Motion def : when all points on a body or object move the same distance, in the same direction, and at the same time; e.g. the trunk during a sprint. Also referred to as “translation”. Linear motion can be either rectilinear or curvilinear .
Descriptive Terms position – location in space; generally described using a Cartesian coordinate system (1-D, 2-D, or 3-D). distance traveled – a measure of the length of the path followed by the object whose motion is being described from its starting (initial) position to final (ending) position.

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Descriptive Terms (cont.) displacement
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## This note was uploaded on 09/08/2011 for the course ESS 3301 taught by Professor Plumlee during the Spring '10 term at Texas Tech.

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