Introduction to Motion class 9 physics

Motion of Class 9

Motion is the action of changing location or position. If we study motion without regards to the forces or energies that may be involved is called Kinematics.

The branch of mechanics that deals with both motion and forces together is called dynamics and study of forces in absence of changes in motion or energy is called statics 


Physics is often described as the study of matter and energy. To understand as the study of matter and energy, we have to understand what the physics itself means.

Physics (in Greek Nature):

It is the branch of science which deals with the study of the natural laws and their manifestation in the natural phenomenon.

Mechanics (oldest branch):

If deals with the conditions of rest or motion of the material objects around us.


It deals with the study of object at rest or in equilibrium, even when they are under the action of several forces (measurement of time is not essential).


It deals with the study of motion of objects without considering the cause of motion measurement of time is essential.

Kimematics(Greek Word) Kinema → motion


It deal with the study of objects taking into consideration the cause of their motion.

Dynamics(Greek Word) Dynamics→ power


Any kind of movement in a body is known as motion. A body is said to be in motion when its position or state changes continuously with respect to a stationary object taken as a reference point. Motion is a relative term. 


A body is said to be at rest when its position or state does not change with respect to a stationary object taken as a reference point. Rest is also a relative term.


Motion or rest is a relative term that means a body can be at rest or in motion at the same time depending upon the point of reference. For example :

A, B and C are three persons. B and C are sitting in the car and A is standing outside it. When car starts to move, B and C are changing their position with respect to A so B and C are in motion with respect to A but B is not changing its position with time with respect to C, so B is at rest with respect to C (same for C). Therefore motion depends on the position of the observer , hence motion is relative.

Ex. We know that the earth is rotating about its axis and revolving around the sun. The stationary objects like your classroom, a tree and the lamp posts etc., do not change their position with respect to each other i.e. they are at rest. Although earth is in motion. To an observer situated outside the earth, say in a space ship, our classroom, trees etc. would appear to be in motion. Therefore, all motions are relative. There is nothing like absolute motion.

Concept of a Point Object :

In mechanics while studying the motion of an object, sometimes it dimension are of no importance and the object may be treated as point object without much error. When the size of the object is much less in comparison to the distance covered by the object then the object is considered as a point object.

Ex. If one travels by a car from one place to another faraway place, then length of the car is ignored as compared to distance traveled.

Ex. Earth can be regarded as a point object for studying its motion around the sun.

Frame of Reference:

To locate the position of object we need a frame of reference. A convenient way to set up a frame of reference is to choose three mutually perpendicular axis and name them x-y-z axis. The coordinates (x, y, z) of the particle then specify the position of object w.r.t. that frame. If any one o more coordinates change with time, then we say that the object is moving w.r.t. this frame.NCERT solutions for class 9 Science  prepared by pw will help you to solve your NCERT text book exercise. 

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