Motion and Measurement of Distances

  • Before the wheel was invented, people in ancient times used to move from one place to another either by walking or by using animals for transportation.
  • Then steam engines were developed in the early 19th century which made it easier to carry goods at different places.
  • Later came automobiles such as cars, trucks, buses etc..
  • After these aeroplanes were developed to carry passengers and goods.
  • So according to the earliest to latest invented transports are steam engines , automobiles, motorised boats and ships, aeroplanes, electric trains, monorails, supersonic aeroplanes, spacecrafts.


What is Distance?

  • Distance is the total path  travelled by an object.
  • Distance is a scalar quantity.

What do you mean by Measurement?

  • Measurement is the comparison of an unknown quantity with some known quantity.
  • It is used to determine the size of object.
  • The known fixed quantity is called an unit.
  • Measurement is expressed in 2 parts : One is ‘Number’ and the other one is the ‘Unit’ of measurement.
  • For example ; A person height is 6 feet, so here 6 is the Number and feet is the Unit.

Standard Unit Of Measurement:

  • It is the unit of measurement which helps us to measure height, width, length etc ..of a particular thing.
  • It is called standard  because it doesn’t vary from person to person and remains uniform.
  • In short it is written as SI Units.
  •  Some example of SI units are: SI unit of Length is Metre (m) , SI unit of Time is second (s), SI unit of Power is Watt (W) etc..
  • 1 m = 100 cm
  • For measuring large distance , we measure it through larger unit of length called Kilometre (km).
  • 1 km = 1000 m
  • We can measure small  distances by our scale in geometry box.
  • In the scale , the units are given in centimeters (cm).
  • We can measure an object by placing the scale in contact with the object from it’s one end to the other end.

Now, let’s solve a question ; The height of a person is 1.65 m . We have to express it into cm and mm .

Method- height of person= 1.65 m

1 m= 100 cm

so, 1.65*100 = 165 cm

In millimeter it would be ; 1 m = 1000 mm

so,  1.65 * 1000 = 1650 mm

What is Motion:

  • Motion is everywhere around us,
  • Motion is a phenomenon which changes it’s position over time.
  • For example; While going to school through school bus, a bus takes different directions in different point of time , or while dancing you switch positions in different interval of time.

Types of Motion:

  1. Rectilinear Motion: It is the motion taking place in a Straight Line where velocity remains constant.  For example ; A man walking on a straight road, Driving in one direction etc..
  2. Circular Motion: It is the movement of an object around circular path or rotation along a circular path. For example; A child riding a round swing, motion of fan when we on it etc..
  3. Rotational Motion : When the object starts spinning on it’s own axis it is called Rotational Motion. For example; Rotation of earth about it’s own axis, rotating blades of a helicopter etc..
  4. Periodic motion : The motion where the objects repeats it’s motion on a regular cycle after a fixed interval of time. For example; A pendulum, satellite orbiting our planet etc..

The difference between circular motion and rotational motion is that circular motion is a type of rotational motion. Rotational motion is always used for a whole body and not as a point whereas Circular motion is the similar motion where the body has been considered as a point object.

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