CBSE Class 9 Science Chapter 8 Revision Notes

Chapter 8: Motion Revision Notes

  • When an object moves over time, it is said to be in motion.

  • When a body moves uniformly, it covers the same distance in the same amount of time.

  • When a body travels an unequal distance in the same amount of time. It moves in a non-uniform manner.

  • In explaining motion, both distance and time are relevant.

  • Even if you don’t see anything, you can tell when a motion has occurred.

  • When two objects move in a plane (either in the same direction or in the opposite direction), each has a relative motion to the other.

    For example, if a person is sitting on a train and watching a tree, the tree is steady but is assumed to be moving in relation to the train.

Displacement vs. Distance

  • The distance travelled by an object.
  • It only has magnitude and no direction.
  • Displacement refers to how far and how far an object has moved from its initial position. i.e. the straight distance between the starting and ending places.


  • The distance travelled by an object in a certain amount of time is called speed.
  • Distance divided by time equals speed.
  • The metric unit of speed is the metre per second (m/s).

Different Speeds

  • Constant speed means that the speed does not alter.
  • Changing speeds: 5 kilometres on a bicycle. Take off and pick up speed, slow down up hill, speed up down hill, and come to a complete stop at the stop sign. It took you 15 minutes to complete the journey (.25 h)
  • Total speed divided by total time equals average speed.
  • Speed at any given time is referred to as instantaneous speed.


  • Velocity is a term that encompasses both speed and direction.
  • The storm is moving at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.
  • Assume that two trains are travelling at the same speed but in opposite directions, resulting in different velocities.
  • A race car travelling around an oval track may maintain a constant speed yet have varying velocities at different points.


  • Acceleration is defined as a change in velocity over a period of time.
  • The direction is indicated by the (+ or -) sign. The + symbol indicates acceleration, while the – sign indicates deceleration.

Equation of uniform (constant) acceleration

a = v/t a = v/t a = v/t

  • Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist and astronomer who lived from 1564 to 1642. Formulated laws of motion for free-falling objects.
  • Any object traveling freely under the effect of gravity alone is referred to as a freely falling object.
  • It is independent of the object’s initial motion.
  • Regardless of the beginning velocity, the acceleration of an item in free fall is downward.
  • The acceleration of free fall (gravitational acceleration) is g = 9.80 m/s
  • With rising altitude, g lowers.
  • g is affected by latitude, height, and depth below the earth’s surface.
  • 9.80 metres per second square is the average on the surface of the Earth
  • The acceleration owing to gravity will be represented by the italics g.
  • Not to be confused with the letter g, which stands for grams.
  • Falling items can be regarded freely falling if there is no air resistance. Objects of various forms accelerate at varying rates (stone vs feather)
  • Both upward and downward acceleration is possible.
  • The journey follows a symmetrical pattern.
  • The rate of acceleration is constant.
  • At identical heights, the magnitude of the velocities is the same.
  • As time passes, the images get closer together.
  • When the ball moves upward, the acceleration and velocity are in opposite directions.
  • The rate of acceleration is consistent (violet arrows maintain the same length)
  • In an upward motion, the velocity is decreasing (red arrows are getting shorter)
  • Negative acceleration and positive velocity
  • At maximum height, velocity is zero.
  • The time it takes to get upward and back is always the same.


Graph of Distance and Time

Graph of distance, displacement and timeSource:

  • Distance-Time graphs depict how an object’s position changes over time.
  • Non-linear fluctuations imply non-uniform motion, while linear variations imply uniform motion.
  • We gain speed because of the slope.

Graph of Distance vs. Time

  • Because the slope is constant, OA implies uniform motion with constant speed.
  • Because the slope is zero, AB denotes that the body is at rest.
  • The motion from B to C is non-uniform.

Graph of Velocity and Time

  • The change in velocity with respect to time is represented by a velocity-time graph.
  • Acceleration is provided by the slope.
  • The displacement is determined by the area under the curve.
  • Constant velocity is implied by a line parallel to the x-axis.


Three equations can be used to describe the motion of an item travelling with uniform acceleration, namely

v= u + at

v2 – u2 = 2as

s = (1/2)at2 + ut


  • Uniform circular motion occurs when an object moves in a circular route at a constant speed.
  • As the direction shifts, so does the velocity.
  • The rate of acceleration is constant.



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