MECHANI CS
Mechanics is the branch of physics which deals with the cause and effects of motion of a
particle, rigid objects and deformable bodies etc. Mechanics is classified under two streams
namely Statics and Dynamics. Dynamics is further divided into Kinematics and Kinetics.
1. MOTI ON AND REST
Motion is a combined property of the object and the observer. There is no meaning of rest or
motion without the observer. Nothing is in absolute rest or in absolute motion.
An object is said to be in motion with respect to a observer, if its position changes with
respect to that observer. It may happen by both ways either observer moves or obj ect moves.
2. RECTI LI NEAR MOTI ON
Rectilinear motion is motion, along a straight line or in one dimension. It deals with the
kinematics of a particle in one dimension.
2. 1 Posi t i on
The position of a particle refers to its location in the space at a certain moment of time.
It is concerned with the question where is the particle at a particular moment of time?
2. 2 Di spl acement
The change in the position of a moving object is known as
displacement. It is the vector joining the initial position (
1
r
) of
the particle to its final position (
2
r
\

A
A
A t
x
lim
0 t
=
dt
dx
In other words, the instantaneous velocity at a given moment (say , t) is the limiting
value of the average velocity as we let At approach zero. The limit as At 0 is written
in calculus notation as dx/dt and is called the derivative of x with respect to t.
Note :
The magnitude of instantaneous velocity and instantaneous speed are equal.
The determination of instantaneous velocity by using the definition usually involves
calculation of derivative. We can find v =
dt
dx
by using the standard results from
differential calculus.
Instantaneous velocity is always tangential to the path.
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Example 2. A particle starts from a point A and travels along the solid curve shown in figure. Find approximately
the position B of the particle such that the average velocity between the positions A and B has the
same direction as the instantaneous velocity at B.
Answer : x = 5m, y = 3m
Solution : The given curve shows the path of the particle starting at y = 4 m.
Average velocity =
taken time
nt displaceme
; where displacement is straight line distance between points
Instantaneous velocity at any point is the tangent drawn to the curve at that point.
Now, as shown in the graph, line AB shows displacement as well as the tangent to the given curve.
Hence, point B is the point at which direction of AB shows average as well as instantaneous velocity.
2. 6 Average Speed (i n an i nt erval )
Average speed is defined as the total path length travelled divided by the total time
interval during which the motion has taken place. It helps in describing the motion along
the actual path.
Average Speed =
interval time
travelled distance
The dimension of velocity is [LT
1
] and its SI unit is m/s.
Note :
Average speed is always positive in contrast to average velocity which being a vector,
can be positive or negative.
If the motion of a particle is along a straight line and in same direction then,
average velocity = average speed.
Average speed is, in general, greater than the magnitude of average velocity.
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Example 3. In the example 1, if Ram takes 4 seconds and Shyam takes 5 seconds to go from P to Q, find
(a) Average speed of Ram and Shyam?
(b) Average velocity of Ram and Shyam?
Solution : (a) Average speed of Ram =
4
100
m/s = 25 m/s
Average speed of Shyam =
5
50
m/s = 10t m/s
(b) Average velocity of Ram =
4
100
m/s = 25 m/s (From P to Q)
Average velocity of Shyam =
5
100
m/s = 20 m/s (From P to Q)
Example 4. A particle travels half of total distance with speed v
1
and next half with speed v
2
along a
straight line. Find out the average speed of the particle?
Solution : Let total distance travelled by the particle be 2s.
Time taken to travel first half =
1
v
s
Time taken to travel next half =
2
v
s
Average speed =
taken time Total
covered distance Total
=
2 1
v
s
v
s
s 2
+
=
2 1
2 1
v v
v v 2
+
(harmonic progression)
Example 5. A person travelling on a straight line moves with a uniform velocity v
1
for some time and with
uniform velocity v
2
for the next equal time. The average velocity v is given by
Answer :
2
v v
v
2 1
+
=
(Arithmetic progression)
Solution :
As shown, the person travels from A to B through a distance S, where first part S
1
is travelled
in time t/2 and next S
2
also in time t/2.
So, according to the condition : v
1
=
2 / t
S
1
and v
2
=
2 / t
S
2
Average velocity =
taken time Total
nt displaceme Total
=
t
S S
2 1
+
=
t
2
t v
2
t v
2 1
+
=
2
v v
2 1
+
2. 6 Average accel erat i on (i n an i nt erval ) :
The average acceleration for a finite time interval is defined as :
Average acceleration =
erval int time
velocity in change
Average acceleration is a vector quantity whose direction is same as that of the change
in velocity.
av
a
=
t
v
A
A
=
t
v v
i f
A
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Since for a straight line motion the velocities are along a line, therefore
a
av
=
t
v
A
A
=
i f
i f
t t
v v
\

A
A
A t
v
lim
0 t
and in general
a
=
dt
v d
=

.

\

A
A
A t
v
lim
0 t
\
 +
=
(e) v = u + at
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(f) s = ut + 1/2 at
2
s = vt 1/2 at
2
x
f
= x
i
+ ut + 1/2 at
2
(g) v
2
= u
2
+ 2as
(h) s
n
= u + a/2 (2n 1)
u = initial velocity (at the beginning of interval)
a = acceleration
v = final velocity (at the end of interval)
s = displacement (x
f
x
i
)
x
f
= final coordinate (position)
x
i
= initial coordinate (position)
s
n
= displacement during the n
th
sec
6. DI RECTI ONS OF VECTORS I N STRAI GHT LI NE MOTI ON
In straight line motion, all the vectors (position, displacement, velocity & acceleration) will have
only one component (along the line of motion) and there will be only two possible directions for
each vector.
 For example, if a particle is moving in a horizontal line (xaxis), the two directions are
right and left. Any vector directed towards right can be represented by a positive number
and towards left can be represented by a negative number.
 For vertical or inclined motion, upward direction can
be taken +ve and downward as ve
line of motion
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 For objects moving vertically near the surface of the earth, the only force acting on the
particle is its weight (mg) i.e. the gravitational pull of the earth. Hence acceleration for
this type of motion will always be a = g i.e. a = 9.8 m/s
2
(ve sign, because the
force and acceleration are directed downwards, If we select upward direction as positive).
Note :
 If acceleration is in same direction as velocity, then speed of the particle
increases.
 If acceleration is in opposite direction to the velocity then speed decreases i.e. the
particle slows down. This situation is known as retardation.
Example 7. A particle moving rectilinearly with constant acceleration is having initial velocity of
10 m/s. After some time, its velocity becomes 30 m/s. Find out velocity of the particle
at the mid point of its path?
Solution : Let the total distance be 2x.
distance upto midpoint = x
Let the velocity at the mid point be v
and acceleration be a.
From equations of motion
v
2
= 10
2
+ 2ax ____ (1)
30
2
= v
2
+ 2ax ____ (2)
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(2)  (1) gives
v
2
 30
2
= 10
2
 v
2
v
2
= 500 v =
5 10
m/s
Example 8. Mr. Sharma brakes his car with constant acceleration from a velocity of 25 m/s to
15 m/s over a distance of 200 m.
(a) How much time elapses during this interval?
(b) What is the acceleration?
(c) If he has to continue braking with the same constant acceleration, how much
longer would it take for him to stop and how much additional distance would he
cover?
Solution : (a) We select positive direction for our coordinate system to be the direction of the
velocity and choose the origin so that x
i
= 0 when the braking begins. Then the
initial velocity is u
x
= +25 m/s at t = 0, and the final velocity and position are
v
x
= +15 m/s and x = 200 m at time t.
Since the acceleration is constant, the average velocity in the interval can be
found from the average of the initial and final velocities.
v
av, x
=
2
1
(u
x
+ v
x
) =
2
1
(15 + 25) = 20 m/s.
The average velocity can also be expressed as
v
av, x
=
t
x
A
A
. With
x A
= 200 m
and
t A
= t 0, we can solve for t:
t =
x av,
v
x
=
20
200
= 10 s.
(b) We can now find the acceleration using v
x
= u
x
+ a
x
t
a
x
=
t
u v
x x
=
10
25 5 1
= 1 m/s
2
.
The acceleration is negative, which means that the positive velocity is becoming
smaller as brakes are applied (as expected).
(c) Now with known acceleration, we can find the total time for the car to go from
velocity u
x
= 25 m/s to v
x
= 0. Solving for t, we find
t =
x
x x
a
u v
=
1
25 0
= 25 s.
The total distance covered is
x = x
i
+ u
x
t +
2
1
a
x
t
2
= 0 + (25)(25) +
2
1
(1)(25)
2
= 625 312.5
= 312.5 m.
Additional distance covered
= 312.5 200
= 112.5 m.
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Example 9. A police inspector in a j eep is chasing a pickpocket an a straight road. The jeep is
going at its maximum speed v (assumed uniform). The pickpocket rides on the motor
cycle of a waiting friend when the jeep is at a distance d away, and the motorcycle
starts with a constant acceleration a. Show that the pick pocket will be caught if
2ad v >
.
Solution : Suppose the pickpocket is caught at a time t after motorcycle starts. The distance
travelled by the motorcycle during this interval is
2
at
2
1
s =
____ (1)
During this interval the jeep travels a distance
vt d s = +
____ (2)
By (1) and (2),
vt d at
2
1
2
= +
or,
a
ad 2 v v
t
2
=
The pickpocket will be caught if t is real and positive.
This will be possible if
2ad v
2
>
or,
2ad v >
Example 10. A man is standing 40 m behind the bus. Bus starts with 1 m/sec
2
constant acceleration
and also at the same instant the man starts moving with constant speed 9 m/s. Find
the time taken by man to catch the bus.
x = 0
t = 0
40 m t = 0
x = 40
1m/sec
2
Solution : Let after time t man will catch the bus
For bus
x = x
0
+ ut +
2
1
at
2
, x = 40 + 0(t) +
2
1
(1) t
2
x = 40 +
2
t
2
............. (i)
For man, x = 9t ............. (ii)
From (i) & (ii)
40 +
2
t
2
= 9t or t = 8 s or t = 10s.
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Example 11. A particle is dropped from height 100 m and another particle is projected vertically up
with velocity 50 m/s from the ground along the same line. Find out the position where
two particle will meet? (take g = 10 m/s
2
)
Solution : Let the upward direction is positive.
y=0m
y=100m u=0 m/s
u=50 m/s
A
B
Let the particles meet at a distance y from the ground.
For particle A,
y
0
= + 100 m
u = 0 m/s
a = 10 m/s
2
y = 100 + 0(t)
2
1
10
t
2
[y = y
0
+ ut +
2
1
at
2
]
= 100  5t
2
 (1)
For particle B,
y
0
= 0 m
u = + 50 m/s
a = 10 m/s
2
y = 50(t)
2
1
10
t
2
= 50t 5t
2
 (2)
According to the problem;
50t 5t
2
= 100 5t
2
t = 2 sec
Putting t = 2 sec in eqn. (1),
y = 100 20 = 80 m
Hence, the particles will meet at a height 80 m above the ground.
Example 12. A particle is dropped from a tower. It is found that it travels 45 m in the last second of
its journey. Find out the height of the tower? (take g = 10 m/s
2
)
Solution :
Let the total time of journey be n seconds.
Using;
) 1 2 (
2
+ = n
a
u s
n
45 = 0 +
2
10
) 1 2 ( n
n = 5 sec
Height of tower; h =
2
1
gt
2
=
2
1
10
5
2
= 125 m
7. REACTI ON TI ME
When a situation demands our immediate action. It takes some time before we really respond.
Reaction time is the time a person takes to observe, think and act.
Example 13. A stone is dropped from a balloon going up with a uniform velocity of 5 m/s. If the
balloon was 60 m high when the stone was dropped, find its height when the stone hits
the ground. Take g = 10 m/s
2
.
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Solution : S = ut +
2
1
at
2
60 = 5(t) +
2
1
(10) t
2
60m
+ve
ve
60 = 5t 5t
2
5t
2
5t 60 = 0
t
2
t 12 = 0
t
2
4t + 3t 12 = 0
(t 4) (t + 3) = 0
t = 4
Height of balloon from ground at this instant
= 60 + 4 5 = 80 m
Example 14. A balloon is rising with constant acceleration 2 m/sec
2
. Two stones are released from
the balloon at the interval of 2 sec. Find out the distance between the two stones 1 sec.
after the release of second stone.
Solution : Acceleration of balloon = 2 m/sec
2
Let at t = 0, y = 0 when the first stone is released.
By the question, y
1
= 0 t
1
+
2
1
gt
1
2
(taking vertical upward as ve and downward as + ve)
Position of I
st
stone =
2
9
g
(1 second after release of second stone will be the 3
rd
second for the 1
st
stone)
For second stone y
2
= ut
2
+
2
1
gt
2
2
u = 0 + at = 2 2 = 4m/s (taking vertical upward as ve and downward as + ve)
y
2
= 4 1 +
2
1
g (1)
2
(t
2
= 1 second)
The 2
nd
stone is released after 2 second
y =
2
1
at
2
=
2
1
2 4 = 4
So, Position of second stone from the origin = 4 +
2
1
g 4
Distance between two stones =
2
1
g 9
2
1
g 1 + 8 = 48 m.
Note :
As the particle is detached from the balloon it is having the same velocity as that of
balloon, but its acceleration is only due to gravity and is equal to g.
8. STRAI GHT LI NE EQUATI ON, GRAPH, SLOPE (+ve, ve, zero sl ope) .
If u is the angle at which a straight line is inclined to the positive direction of xaxis, &
0 s u < 180, u = 90, then the slope of the line, denoted by m, is defined by m = tan
u. If u is
90, m does not exist, but the line is parallel to the yaxis. If u = 0, then m = 0 & the line is
parallel to the xaxis.
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Slope intercept form : y = mx + c is the equation of a straight line whose slope is m &
which makes an intercept c on the yaxis.
m = slope = tanu =
dx
dy
C
u
x
+ve slope
y
C
x
slope = 0
y
C
x
ve slope
y
u
9. PARABOLIC CURVEEQUATION, GRAPH (VARIOUS SITUATIONS UP, DOWN, LEFT,
RIGHT WITH CONDITIONS)
x
y
y = kx
2
x
y
y = kx
2
x
y
x = ky
2
x
y
x = ky
2
Where k is a positive constant.
Equati on of parabol a :
Case (i) : y = ax
2
+ bx + c
For a > 0
x
y
The nature of the parabola will be like that of the of nature x
2
= ky
Minimum value of y exists at the vertex of the parabola.
y
min
=
a 4
D
where D = b
2
4ac
Coordinates of vertex =

.

\

a 4
D
,
a 2
b
Case (ii) : a < 0
x
y
The nature of the parabola will be like that of the nature of x
2
= ky
Maximum value of y exists at the vertex of parabola.
y
max
=
a 4
D
where D = b
2
4ac
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10. GRAPHS I N UNI FORMLY ACCELERATED MOTI ON (a = 0)
 x is a quadratic polynomial in terms of t. Hence x t graph is a parabola.
x
i
x
a > 0
t
0
x
i
x
a < 0
t
0
xt graph
 v is a linear polynomial in terms of t. Hence vt graph is a straight line of slope a.
v
u
a is positive
s
l
o
p
e
=
a
t
0
v
u
a is negative
s
lo
p
e
=
a
t
0
vt graph
 at graph is a horizontal line because a is constant.
a
a
positive
acceleration
t
0
a
a
negative
acceleration
0
at graph
11. I NTERPRETATI ON OF SOME MORE GRAPHS
11. 1 Posi ti on vs Ti me graph
( i ) Zero Vel oci t y
As position of particle is fixed at all the time,
so the body is at rest.
Slope;
dt
dx
= tanu = tan 0 = 0
Velocity of particle is zero
( i i ) Uni f orm Vel oci t y
Here tanu is constant tanu =
dt
dx
dt
dx
is constant.
velocity of particle is constant.
( i i i ) Non uniform velocity (increasing with time)
In this case;
As time is increasing, u is also increasing.
dt
dx
= tanu is also increasing
Hence, velocity of particle is increasing.
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( i v ) Non uni form vel oci ty (decreasi ng wi th ti me)
In this case;
As time increases, u decreases.
dt
dx
= tanu also decreases.
Hence, velocity of particle is decreasing.
11. 2 Vel oci ty vs ti me graph
( i ) Zero accel erati on
Velocity is constant.
tanu = 0
dt
dv
= 0
Hence, acceleration is zero.
( i i ) Uni f orm accel er at i on
tanu is constant.
dt
dv
= constant
Hence, it shows constant acceleration.
( i i i ) Uni f orm ret ardat i on
Since u > 90
tanu is constant and negative.
dt
dv
= negative constant
Hence, it shows constant retardation.
11.3 Acceleration vs time graph
(i ) Constant accel erat i on
tanu = 0
dt
da
= 0
Hence, acceleration is constant.
( i i ) Uni forml y i ncreasi ng accel erat i on
u is constant.
0 < u < 90 tanu > 0
dt
da
= tanu = constant > 0
Hence, acceleration is uniformly increasing with time.
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( i i i ) Uni f orml y decreasi ng accel erati on
Since u > 90
tanu is constant and negative.
dt
da
= negative constant
Hence, acceleration is uniformly decreasing with time
Example 15.
The displacement vs time graph of a particle moving along
a straight line is shown in the figure. Draw velocity vs time
and acceleration vs time graph.
Solution : x = 4t
2
v =
dt
dx
= 8t
Hence, velocitytime graph is a straight line
having slope i.e. tanu = 8.
a =
dt
dv
= 8
Hence, acceleration is constant throughout and is equal to 8.
Example 16. At the height of 100 m, a particle A is thrown up with
V = 10 m/s, B particle is thrown down with V =10m/s
and C particle released with V = 0 m/s. Draw graphs of
each particle.
(i) Displacementtime
1
0
m
/
s
0 m/sec
C
v
2
1
0
m
/
s
1
0
0
m
A
v
2
B
(ii) Speedtime
(iii) Velocitytime
(iv) Accelerationtime
Solution : For particle A :
(i) Displacement vs time graph is
y = ut +
2
1
at
2
u = + 10 m/sec
2
y = 10t
2
1
10t
2
5
10
15
20
25
2 1
5
10
15
20
25
100
1 2 3 4 5 5.5
T
D
i
s
p
l
a
c
e
m
e
n
t
time
= 10 t 5t
2
v =
dt
dy
= 10 10 t = 0
t = 1 ; hence, velocity is zero at t = 1
10 t 5 t
2
= 100
t
2
2t 20 = 0
t = 5.5 sec.
i.e. particle travels up till 5.5 seconds.
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(ii) Speed vs time graph :
Particle has constant acceleration = g + throughout the motion, so vt curve will
be straight line.
when moving up, v = u + at
0 = 10 10 t or t = 1 is the time at which speed is zero.
there after speed increases at constant rate of 10 m/s
2
.
Resulting Graph is : (speed is always positive).
This shows that particle travels till a time of
1 +
21
seconds
(iii) Velocity vs time graph :
V = u + at
V = 10 10t ; this shows that velocity
becomes zero at t = 1 sec
and thereafter the velocity is negative
with slope g.
(iv) Acceleration vs time graph :
10
A
c
c
e
l
e
r
a
t
i
o
n
Time
throughout the motion,
particle has constant
acceleration = 10 m/s
2
.
For particle B :
u = 10 m/s. y = 10t
2
1
(10) t
2
= 10t 5t
2
(i) Displacement time graph :
y = 10t 5t
2
dt
dy
= 10t 5t
2
= 10 10t
this shows that slope becomes
more negative with time.
(ii) Speed time graph :
dt
dy
= 10t 5t
2
= 10 10t
hence, speed is directly
proportional to time with
slope of 10. initial speed = 10 m/s
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(iii) Velocity time graph :
10 m/s
V
e
l
o
c
i
t
y
Time
t
dt
dy
= 10t 5t
2
= 10 10t
hence, velocity is directly
proportional to time with
slope of 10. Initial velocity = 10 m/s
(iv) Acceleration vs time graph :
throughout the motion,
particle has constant acceleration = 10 m/s
2
.
a =
dt
dv
= 10
For Particle C :
(i) Displacement time graph :
u = 0 , y =
2
1
10t
2
= 5t
2
this shows that slope becomes
more negative with time.
(ii) Speed vs time graph :
v =
dt
dy
= 10 t
hence, speed is directly
proportional to time with
slope of 10.
(iii) Velocity time graph :
10
V
e
l
o
c
i
t
y
Time
20
20
V = u + at
V = 10t ;
hence, velocity is directly
proportional to time with
slope of 10.
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(iv) Acceleration vs time graph :
10 m/s
A
c
c
e
l
e
r
a
t
i
o
n
Time
throughout the motion,
particle has constant
acceleration = 10 m/s
2
.
12. DISPLACEMENT FROM v  t GRAPH & CHANGE IN VELOCITY FROM a t GRAPH
Displacement = Ax = area under vt graph.
Since a negative velocity causes a negative displacement, areas below
the time axis are taken negative. In similar way, can see that A v = a At
leads to the conclusion that area under a t graph gives the change
in velocity v during that interval.
Example 17. Describe the motion shown by the following velocitytime graphs.
(a) (b)
Solution : (a) During interval AB: velocity is +ve so the particle is moving in +ve direction,
but it is slowing down as acceleration (slope of vt curve) is negative. During
interval BC: particle remains at rest as velocity is zero. Acceleration is also
zero. During interval CD: velocity is ve so the particle is moving in ve direc
tion and is speeding up as acceleration is also negative.
(b) During interval AB: particle is moving in +ve direction with constant velocity
and acceleration is zero. During interval BC: particle is moving in +ve direction
as velocity is +ve, but it slows down until it comes to rest as acceleration is
negative. During interval CD: velocity is ve so the particle is moving in ve
direction and is speeding up as acceleration is also negative.
I mportant Poi nts to Remember
 For uniformly accelerated motion (a = 0), xt graph is a parabola (opening upwards if
a > 0 and opening downwards if a < 0). The slope of tangent at any point of the parabola
gives the velocity at that instant.
 For uniformly accelerated motion (a = 0), vt graph is a straight line whose slope gives
the acceleration of the particle.
 In general, the slope of tangent in xt graph is velocity and the slope of tangent in vt
graph is the acceleration.
 The area under at graph gives the change in velocity.
 The area between the vt graph gives the distance travelled by the particle, if we take
all areas as positive.
 Area under vt graph gives displacement, if areas below the taxis are taken negative.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  19
Example 18. For a particle moving along xaxis, velocitytime graph is
as shown i n f i gure. Fi nd t he di st ance t ravel l ed and
displacement of the particle?
Solution :
Distance travelled = Area under vt graph (taking all areas as +ve.)
Distance travelled = Area of trapezium + Area of triangle
=
( ) 8 6 2
2
1
+
+
5 4
2
1
= 32 + 10
= 42 m
Displacement = Area under vt graph (taking areas below time axis as ve.)
Displacement = Area of trapezium Area of triangle
=
( ) 8 6 2
2
1
+
5 4
2
1
= 32 10
= 22 m
Hence, distance travelled = 42 m and displacement = 22 m.
13. MOTI ON WI TH NON UNI FORM ACCELERATI ON
( USE OF DEFI NI TE I NTEGRALS)
Ax =
}
f
i
t
t
dt ) t ( v (displacement in time interval t = t
i
to t
f
)
The expressi on on t he ri ght hand si de i s cal l ed the def i ni t e i nt egral of v(t ) between
t = t
i
and t = t
f
. . Similarly change in velocity
Av = v
f
v
i
=
}
f
i
t
t
dt ) t ( a
13. 1 Sol vi ng Probl ems whi ch I nvol ves Non uni form Accel erati on
( i ) Accel erati on dependi ng on vel oci ty v or ti me t
By definition of acceleration, we have a =
dt
dv
. If a is in terms of t,
}
v
v
0
dv
=
}
t
0
dt ) t ( a
. If a is in terms of v, } }
=
t
0
v
v
dt
) v ( a
dv
0
.
On integrating, we get a relation between v and t, and then
using
}
x
x
0
dx
=
}
t
0
dt ) t ( v , x and t can also be related.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  20
( i i ) Accel erati on dependi ng on vel oci ty v or posi ti on x
a =
dt
dv
a =
dx
dv
dt
dx
a =
dt
dx
dx
dv
a = v
dx
dv
This is another important expression for acceleration.
If a is in terms of x,
}
v
v
0
dv v
=
}
x
x
0
dx ) x ( a
.
If a is in terms of v,
} }
=
x
x
v
v
0 0
dx
) v ( a
dv v
On integrating, we get a relation between x and v.
Using }
x
x
0
) x ( v
dx
=
}
t
0
dt
, we can relate x and t.
Example 19. An object starts from rest at t = 0 and accelerates at a rate given by a = 6t. What is
(a) its velocity and
(b) its displacement at any time t?
Solution : As acceleration is given as a function of time,
} }
=
t
t
v(t)
) v(t
0 0
a(t)dt dv
Here t
0
= 0 and v(t
0
) = 0
v(t) = }
t
0
6tdt
=
0
t
2
t
6
2


.

\

= 6 (
2
t
2
 0) = 3t
2
So, v(t) = 3t
2
As }
= A
t
t
0
v(t)dt x
}
= A
t
0
2
dt 3t x
=
0
t
3
t
3
3


.

\

=


.

\

0
3
t
3
3
= t
3
Hence, velocity v(t) = 3t
2
and displacement
3
t = Ax
.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  21
Example 20. For a particle moving alongv + xaxis, acceleration is given as a = x. Find the position
as a function of time? Given that at t = 0 , x = 1 v = 1.
Solution : a = x
dx
vdv
= x
2
v
2
=
2
x
2
+ C
t = 0, x = 1 and v = 1
C = 0 v
2
= x
2
v = x but given that x = 1 when v = 1
v = x
dt
dx
= x
x
dx
= dt
nx = t + C 0 = 0 + C nx = t
x = e
t
Example 21. For a particle moving along xaxis, acceleration is given as a = v. Find the position as a
function of time ?
Given that at t = 0 , x = 0 v = 1.
Solution : a = v
dt
dv
= v
}
v
dv
=
}
dt
nv = t + c 0 = 0 + c
v = e
t
dt
dx
= e
t
}
dx
=
}
dt e
t
x = e
t
+ c 0 = 1 + c
x = e
t
1
Problem 1. A particle covers
4
3
of total distance with speed v
1
and next
4
1
with v
2
. Find the average
speed of the particle?
Answer :
2 1
2 1
3v v
v 4v
+
Solution : Let the total distance be s
3s/4
A
B
C
s/4
average speed (< v >) =
taken time Total
ce tan dis Total
< v > =
2 1
v 4
s
v 4
s 3
s
+
=
2 1
v 4
1
v 4
3
1
+
=
2 1
2 1
v 3 v
v v 4
+
Problem 2. A car is moving with speed 60 Km/h and a bird is
moving with speed 90 km/h along the same direction
as shown in figure. Find the distance travelled by the
bird till the time car reaches the. tree?
240 m
Answer : 360 m
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  22
Solution : Time taken by a car to reaches the tree (t) =
hr / km 60
m 240
= hr
60
24 . 0
Now, the distance travelled by the bird during this time interval (s)
=
60
24 . 0
90
= 0.12 3 km = 360 m.
Problem 3 The position of a particle moving on Xaxis is given by
x = At
3
+ Bt
2
+ Ct + D.
The numerical values of A, B, C, D are 1, 4, 2 and 5 respectively and SI units are used.
Find (a) the dimensions of A, B, C and D, (b) the velocity of the particle at t = 4 s, (c)
the acceleration of the particle at t = 4s, (d) the average velocity during the interval t =0
to t = 4s, (e) the average acceleration during the interval t = 0 to t = 4 s.
Answer : (a) [A] = [LT
3
], [B] = [LT
2
], [C] = [LT
1
] and [D] = [L] ;
(b) 78 m/s ; (c) 32 m/s
2
; (d) 30 m/s ; (e) 20 m/s
2
Solution : As x = At
3
+ Dt
2
+ Ct + D
(a) Dimensions of A, B, C and D ,
[At
3
] = [x] (by principle of homogeneity)
[A] = [LT
3
]
similarly, [B] = [LT
2
], [C] = [LT
1
] and [D] = [L] ;
(b) As v =
dt
dx
= 3At
2
+ 2Bt + C
velocity at t = 4 sec.
v = 3(1) (4)
2
+ 2(4) (4) 2 = 78 m/s.
(c) Acceleration (a) =
dt
dv
= 6At + 2B ; a = 32 m/s
2
(d) average velocity as x = At
3
+ Bt
2
+ Ct = D
position at t = 0, is x = D = 5m.
Position at t = 4 sec is (1)(64) + (4)(16) (2) (4) + 5 = 125 m
Thus the displacement during 0 to 4 sec. is 125 5 = 120 m
< v > = 120 / 4 = 30 m/s
(e) v = 3At
2
+ 20 t + C , velocity at t = 0 is c = 2 m/s
velocity at t = 4 sec is 78 m/s < a > =
1 2
1 2
t t
v v
= 20 m/s
2
Problem 4. For a particle moving along xaxis, velocity is given as a function of time as v = 2t
2
+ sin t.
At t = 0, particle is at origin. Find the position as a function of time?
Solution : v = 2t
2
+ sin t
dt
dx
= 2t
2
+ sin t
}
x
0
dx
=
dt ) t sin t 2 (
t
0
2
}
+
= 1 t cos t
3
2
x
3
+ = Ans.
Problem 5. A car decelerates from a speed of 20 m/s to rest in a distance of 100 m. What was its
acceleration, assumed constant?
Solution : v = 0 u = 20 m/s s = 100 m as v
2
= u
2
+ 2 as
0 = 400 + 2a 100 a = 2 m/s
acceleration = 2 m/s
2
Ans.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  23
Problem 6. A 150 m long train accelerates uniformly from rest. If the front of the train passes a railway worker
50 m away from the station at a speed of 25 m/s, what will be the speed of the back part of the
train as it passes the worker?
Solution : v
2
= u
2
+ 2as
25 25 = 0 + 100 a
a =
4
25
m/s
2
Now, for time taken by the back end of the train to pass the worker
we have v
2
= v
2
+ 2al = (25)
2
+ 2
48
25
150
v
2
= 25 25 4
v = 50 m/s. Ans.
Problem 7. A particle is thrown vertically with velocity 20 m/s . Find (a) the distance travelled by
the particle in first 3 seconds, (b) displacement of the particle in 3 seconds.
Answer : 25m, 15m
Solution : Highest point say B
V
B
= 0
v = u + gt
0 = 20 10 t
t = 2 sec.
distance travel in first 2 seconds.
s = s(t =0 to 2sec) + s (2sec. to 3sec.)
s = [ut + 1/2 at
2
]
t = 0 to t = 2s
+ [ut +1/2at
2
]
t = 2 to t = 3s
s = 20 2 1/2 10 4 + 1/2 10 1
2
= (40 20) + 5 = 25 m.
and displacement = 20 5 = 15 m.
Problem 8. A car accelerates from rest at a constant rate o for some time after which it decelerates
at a constant rate  to come to rest. If the total time elapsed is t. Find the maximum
velocity acquired by the car.
Solution : t = t
1
+ t
2
slope of OA curve = tanu = o =
1
max
t
v
v
max
O
o 
t
2
t
1
B
A
V
t
slope of AB curve =  =
2
max
t
v
t = t
1
+ t
2
t =
o
max
v
+

max
v
v
max
=
t


.

\

 + o
 o
Problem 9. In the above question find total distance travelled by the car in time t .
Solution : v
max
= t
) (  + o
 o
t
1
=
o
max
v
=
) (
t
 + o

t
2
=

max
v
=
) (
t
 + o
o
Total distance travelled by the car in time t
=
2
1
t
2
1
o + v
max
t
2
2
2
t
2
1
 =
2
2 2
) (
t
2
1
 + o
o
+
2
2 2
) (
t
 + o
 o
2
2 2
) (
t
2
1
 + o
o
Area under graph (directly) =
) (
t
2
1
2
 + o
o
=
) ( 2
t
2
 + o
o
Ans.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  24
Problem 10. The displacement vs time graph of a particle moving along
a straight line is shown in the figure. Draw velocity vs time
and acceleration vs time graph.
Upwards direction is taken as positive, downwards
direction is taken as negative.
Solution : (a) The equation of motion is : x = 8t
2
v =
dt
dx
= 16 t ; this shows that velocity is directly proportional to time and
slope of velocitytime curve is negative i.e. 16.
Hence, resulting graph is (i)
(b) Acceleration of particle is : a =
dt
dv
= 16.
This shows that acceleration is constant but negative.
Resulting graph is (ii)
Problem 11. Draw displacementtime and accelerationtime graph for the given velocitytime graph.
Solution : Part AB : vt curve shows constant slope
i.e. constant acceleration or Velocity increases at constant rate with time.
Hence, st curve will show constant increase in slope
and at curve will be a straight line.
Part BC : vt curve shows zero slope i.e. constant velocity. So, st curve will show
constant slope and acceleration will be zero.
Part CD : vt curve shows negative slope i.e. velocity is decreasing with time or accel
eration is negative.
Hence , st curve will show decrease in slope becoming zero in the end.
and at curve will be a straight line with negative intercept on yaxis.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  25
RESULTING GRAPHS ARE:
Problem 12. For a particle moving along xaxis, following graphs are given. Find the distance trav
elled by the particle in 10 s in each case?
Solution : (a) Distance area under the v  t curve
distance = 10 10 = 100 m Ans.
(b) Area under v t curve
distance =
2
1
10 10 = 50 m Ans.
Problem 13. For a particle moving along xaxis, acceleration is given as
2
2v a = . If the speed of the
particle is v
0
at x = 0, find speed as a function of x.
Solution : a = 2v
2
or
dt
dv
= 2v
2
or
dx
dv
dt
dx
= 2v
2
v
dx
dv
= 2v
2
dx
dv
= 2v
}
v
v
0
v
dv
= }
x
0
dx 2
 
v
v
0
nv =  
x
0
x 2
0
v
v
n
= 2x v = v
0
e
2x
Ans.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  26
Type (I) : Very Short Answer Type Questions : [01 Mark Each]
1. Are rest and motion absolute or relative terms ?
2. Under what condition will the distance and displacement of a moving object will have the same magnitude?
3. What will be nature of xt graph for a uniform motion?
4. Can xt graph be a straight line parallel to position axis ?
5. Can xt graph be a straight line parallel to timeaxis for an object which is moving ?
6. what does slope of vt graph represent ?
7. Two balls of different masses (one lighter and other heavier) are thrown vertically upward with same initial
speed. Which one will rise to the grater height ?
8. Is it possible that velocity of an object is zero but its acceleration is none zero ? If yes, then give an example.
9. What does speedometer of a car measure ?
Type (II) : Short Answer Type Questions : [02 Marks Each]
10. Given below are some examples of motion. State in each case, if the motion is one, two or three dimensional
: (a) a kite flying on a windy day (b) a speeding car on a long straight highway (c) an insect crawling on a
globe (d) a carrom coin rebounding from the side of the board (e) a planet revolving around its star.
11. A car travelling with a speed of 90 kmh
1
on a straight road is ahead of scooter travelling with a speed of 60
kmh
1
,calculate velocity of car wrt to scooter. solve above problem if scooter is ahead of car.
12. Show that slope of displacementtime graph is equal to the velocity of uniform motion.
13. Delhi is at a distance of 250 km from Chandigarh. A sets out from Chandigarh at a speed of 80 kmh
1
and B
sets out at the same time from Delhi at a speed of 45 kmh
1
. When will they meet each other.
14. Derive the equation
x(t) = x(0) + v(0) t +
2
at
2
1
15. The direction in which an object moves is given by the direction of velocity of the object and not by the
direction of acceleration. Explain the above statement with some suitable example.
16. Fig. below gives xt plot of a particle in one dimensional motion. Three different equal intervals of time are
shown. In which interval is the average speed greatest and in which is it the least ? Give the sign of average
velocity for each interval.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  27
17. Prove that v
2
u
2
= 2aS, where symbols have their usual meanings.
18. Prove that the distance travelled by a body in nth second is given by
S
nth
= u +
2
a
(2n 1)
where symbols have their usual meanings.
Type (III) : Long Answer Type Questions: [04 Mark Each]
19. Derive an expression for the distance travelled by uniformly accelerated body in t seconds. Also derive an
expression for the distance travelled by the body in the nth second.
20. Deduce the following relations analytically for a uniform motion along a straight time, where the terms have
their usual meanings :
(i) v = u + at (ii) S = ut +
2
1
at
2
(iii) v
2
u
2
= 2aS
21. The driver of a car A going at 25 ms
1
applies the brakes, decelerates uniformly, and stops in 10s. The driver
of another car B going at 15 ms
1
puts less pressure on this brakes and stops in 20 s. On the same graph,
plot speedtime for each of the two cars.
(a) Which of the two cars travelled farther after the brakes were applied ?
(b) Add a line to the graph, which shows the car B decelerating at the same rate as the car A. How long
does it take the car B to stop at this rate of deceleration ?
22. Draw velocitytime graph of uniform motion and prove that the displacement of an object in a time interval is
equal to the area under velocitytime graph in that time interval.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  28
PART  I : SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS
SECTION (A) : DISTANCE AND DISPLACEMENT
A1. A car starts from P and follows the path as shown in figure. Finally car stops at R. Find the distance travelled
and displacement of the car if a = 7 m, b = 8 m and r =
11
m? [Take
7
22
=
]
A2. A man moves to go 50 m due south, 40 m due west and 20 m due north to reach a field.
(a) What distance does be have to walk to reach the field ?
(b) What is his displacement from his house to the field?
SECTION (B) : AVERAGE SPEED AND AVERAGE VELOCITY
B1. When a person leaves his home for sightseeing by his car, the meter reads 12352 km. When he returns
home after two hours the reading is 12416 km. During journey he stay for 15 minute at midway.
(a) What is the average speed of the car during this period ?
(b) What is the average velocity?
B2. A particle covers each
3
1
of the total distance with speed v
1
, v
2
and v
3
respectively. Find the average speed of
the particle ?
SECTION (C) : VELOCITY, ACCELERATION, AVERAGE ACCELERATION
C1. The position of a body is given by x = At + 4Bt
3
, where A and B are constants, x is position and t is time. Find
(a) acceleration as a function of time, (b) velocity and acceleration at t = 5 s.
C2. Find the velocity as a function of time if x = At + Bt
3
, where A and B are constants, x is position and t is time.
C3. An athelete takes 2s to reach his maximum speed of 18 km/h after starting from rest. What is the magnitude
of his average accleration?
SECTION (D) : EQUATIONS OF MOTION AND MOTION UNDER GRAVITY
D1. A car accelerates from 36 km/h to 90 km/h in 5 s on a straight rod. What was its acceleration in m/s
2
and
how far did it travel in this time? Assume constant acceleration and direction of motion remains constant.
D2. A train starts from rest and moves with a constant acceleration of 2.0 m/s
2
for half a minute. The brakes are
then applied and the train comes to rest in one minute after applying breaks. Find (a) the total distance
moved by the train, (b) the maximum speed attained by the train and (c) the position(s) of the train at half the
maximum speed. (Assume retardation to be constant)
D3. A particle moving along a straight line with constant acceleration is having initial and final velocity as 5 m/s
and 15 m/s respectively in a time interval of 5 s. Find the distance travelled by the particle and the accelera
tion of the particle. If the particle continues with same acceleration, find the distance covered by the particle
in the 8th second of its motion. (direction of motion remains same)
D4. A car travelling at 72 km/h decelerates uniformly at 2 m/s
2
. Calculate (a) the distance it goes before it stops,
(b) the time it takes to stop, and (c) the distance it travels during the first and third seconds.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  29
D5. A ball is dropped from a tower. In the last second of its motion it travels a distance of 15 m. Find the height
of the tower. [take g = 10m/sec
2
]
D6. A toy plane P starts flying from point A along a straight horizontal
line 20 m above ground level starting with zero initial velocity
and acceleration 2 m/s
2
as shown. At the same instant, a man
P throws a ball vertically upwards with initial velocity 'u'. Ball
touches (coming to rest) the base of the plane at point B of
plane's journey when it is vertically above the man. 's' is the
distance of point B from point A. Just after the contact of ball
with the plane, acceleration of plane increases to 4 m/s
2
. Find:
(i) Initial velocity 'u' of ball.
(ii) Distance 's'.
(iii) Distance between man and plane when the man
catches the ball back. (g = 10 m/s
2
)
SECTION (E) : GRAPH RELATED QUESTIONS
E1. For a particle moving along xaxis, velocitytime graph is as shown in figure. Find the distance travelled and
displacement of the particle? Also find the average velocity of the particle in intervel 0 to 5 second.
E2. A cart started at t = 0, its acceleration varies with time as shown in figure. Find the distance travelled in 30
seconds and draw the positiontime graph.
E3. Two particles A and B start from rest and move for equal time on a straight line. The particle A has an
acceleration a for the first half of the total time and 2a for the second half. The particle B has an acceleration
2a for the first half and a for the second half. Which particle has covered larger distance?
PART  II : OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS
* Marked Questions are having more than one correct option.
SECTION (A) : DISTANCE AND DISPLACEMENT
A1. A hall has the dimensions 10 m 10 m 10 m. A fly starting at one corner ends up at a farthest corner. The
magnitude of its displacement is:
(A) 5 3 m (B) 10 3 m (C) 20 3 m (D) 30 3 m
SECTION (B) : AVERAGE SPEED AND AVERAGE VELOCITY
B1. A car travels from A to B at a speed of 20 km h
1
and returns at a speed of 30 km h
1
. The average speed of
the car for the whole journey is :
(A) 5 km h
1
(B) 24 km h
1
(C) 25 km h
1
(D) 50 km h
1
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  30
B2.* A person travelling on a straight line without changing direction moves with a uniform speed v
1
for half
distance and next half distance he covers with uniform speed v
2
. The average speed v is given by
(A)
2 1
2 1
v v
v v 2
v
+
=
(B) v =
2 1
v v (C)
2 1
v
1
v
1
v
2
+ =
(D)
2 1
v
1
v
1
v
1
+ =
B 3. A body covers first
3
1
part of its journey with a velocity of 2 m/s, next
3
1
part with a velocity of 3 m/s
and rest of the journey with a velocity 6m/s. The average velocity of the body will be
(A) 3 m/s (B)
3
11
m/s (C)
3
8
m/s (D)
3
4
m/s
B 4. A car runs at constant speed on a circular track of radius 100 m taking 62.8 s on each lap. What is the
average speed and average velocity on each complete lap? (t = 3.14)
(A) velocity 10m/s, speed 10 m/s (B) velocity zero, speed 10 m/s
(C) velocity zero, speed zero (D) velocity 10 m/s, speed zero
SECTION (C) : VELOCITY, ACCELERATION AND AVERAGE ACCELERATION
C 1. The displacement of a body is given by 2s = gt
2
where g is a constant. The velocity of the body at any time
t is:
(A) gt (B) gt/2 (C) gt
2
/2 (D) gt
3
/6
SECTION (D) : EQUATIONS OF MOTION AND MOTION UNDER GRAVITY
D1. A particle performs rectilinear motion in such a way that its initial velocity has opposite direction with its
uniform acceleration. Let x
A
and x
B
be the magnitude of displacements in the first 10 seconds and the next
10 seconds, then:
(A) x
A
< x
B
(B) x
A
= x
B
(C) x
A
> x
B
(D) the information is insufficient to decide the relation of x
A
with x
B
.
D2. A body starts from rest and is uniformly acclerated for 30 s. The distance travelled in the first 10 s is x
1
, next
10 s is x
2
and the last 10 s is x
3
. Then x
1
: x
2
: x
3
is the same as
(A) 1 : 2 : 4 (B) 1 : 2 : 5 (C) 1 : 3 : 5 (D) 1 : 3 : 9
D3. A ball is dropped from the top of a building. The ball takes 0.5 s to fall past the 3 m height of a window some
distance from the top of the building. If the speed of the ball at the top and at the bottom of the window are
v
T
and v
B
respectively, then (g = 9.8 m/sec
2
)
(A) v
T
+ v
B
= 12 ms
1
(B) v
T
v
B
= 4.9 m s
1
(C) v
B
v
T
= 1 ms
1
(D)
T
B
v
v
= 1 ms
1
D4. A stone is released from an elevator going up with an acceleration a and speed u. The acceleration and
speed of the stone just after the release is
(A) a upward, zero (B) (ga) upward, u (C) (ga) downward, zero (D) g downward, u
D5. The initial velocity of a particle is given by u (at t = 0) and the acceleration by f, where f = at (here t is
time and a is constant). Which of the following relation is valid?
(A) v = u + at
2
(B) v = u +
2
at
2
(C) v = u + at (D) v = u
D6. A stone is dropped into a well in which the level of water is h below the top of the well. If v is velocity of
sound, the time T after dropping the stone at which the splash is heard is given by
(A) T = 2h/v (B)
v
h
g
h 2
T + =
(C)
v 2
h
g
h 2
T + =
(D)
v
h 2
g 2
h
T + =
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  31
D7. A student determined to test the law of gravity for himself walks off a sky scraper 320 m high with a
stopwatch in hand and starts his free fall (zero initial velocity). 5 second later, superman arrives at the
scene and dives off the roof to save the student. What must be superman's initial velocity in order that
he catches the student just before reaching the ground ?
[Assume that the superman's acceleration is that of any freely falling body.] (g = 10 m/s
2
)
(A) 98 m/s (B)
3
275
m/s (C)
2
187
m/s (D) It is not possible
D 8. In the above question, what must be the maximum height of the skyscraper so that even superman
cannot save him.
(A) 65 m (B) 85 m (C) 125 m (D) 145 m
SECTION (E) : GRAPH RELATED QUESTIONS
E1*. Figure shows positiontime graph of two cars A and B. Lines are parallel.
A
0
5
x(m)
B
(A) Car A is faster than car B. (B) Car A always leads Car B.
(C) Both cars are moving with same velocity. (D) Both cars have positive acceleration.
E2. Figure shows the position time graph of a particle moving on the Xaxis.
(A) the particle is continuously going in positive x direction
(B) area under xt curve shows the displacement of particle
(C) the velocity increases up to a time t
o
, and then becomes constant.
(D) the particle moves at a constant velocity up to a time t
o
, and then stops.
E3. In the displacementtime graph of a moving particle is shown,
the instantaneous velocity of the particle is negative at the point :
t
x
C
D
E F
(A) C (B) D
(C) E (D) F
E4. The variation of velocity of a particle moving along a straight line is shown in the figure. The distance travelled
by the particle in 4 s is :
(A) 25 m (B) 30 m (C) 55 m (D) 60 m
E5. A particle starts from rest and moves along a straight line with constant acceleration. The variation of velocity
v with displacement S is :
(A)
S
v
(B)
v
S
C)
v
S
(D)
v
S
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  32
E6. The displacement time graphs of two particles A and B are straight lines making angles of respectively 30
0
and 60
0
with the time axis. If the velocity of A is v
A
and that of B is v
B
, then the value of
B
A
v
v
is
(A)
2
1
(B)
3
1
(C)
3
(D)
3
1
PART  III : ASSERTION / REASON
1. STATEMENT1: A particle having negative acceleration will slow down.
STATEMENT2 : Direction of the acceleration is not dependent upon direction of the velocity.
1. (A) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is true and STATEMENT2 is correct explanation for
STATEMENT1
(B) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is true and STATEMENT2 is not correct explanation for
STATEMENT1
(C) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is false
(D) STATEMENT1 is false, STATEMENT2 is true
(E) Both STATEMENTS are false
2. STATEMENT1 : Magnitude of average velocity is equal to average speed.
STATEMENT2 : Magnitude of instantaneous velocity is equal to instantaneous speed.
(A) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is true and STATEMENT2 is correct explanation for
STATEMENT1
(B) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is true and STATEMENT2 is not correct explanation for
STATEMENT1
(C) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is false
(D) STATEMENT1 is false, STATEMENT2 is true
(E) Both STATEMENTS are false
3. STATEMENT1 : When velocity of a particle is zero then acceleration of particle must be zero at that
instant.
STATEMENT2 : Acceleration is equal to 
.

\

=
dx
dv
v a , where v is the velocity at that instant..
(A) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is true and STATEMENT2 is correct explanation for
STATEMENT1
(B) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is true and STATEMENT2 is not correct explanation for
STATEMENT1
(C) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is false
(D) STATEMENT1 is false, STATEMENT2 is true
(E) Both STATEMENTS are false
4. STATEMENT1 : A particle moves in a straight line with constant accleration. The average velocity of
this particle cannot be zero in any time interval
STATEMENT2 : For a particle moving in straight line with constant acceleration, the average velocity
in a time interval is
2
v u +
, where u and v are initial and final velocity of the particle in the given time
interval.
(A) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is true and STATEMENT2 is correct explanation for
STATEMENT1
(B) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is true and STATEMENT2 is not correct explanation for
STATEMENT1
(C) STATEMENT1 is true, STATEMENT2 is false
(D) STATEMENT1 is false, STATEMENT2 is true
(E) Both STATEMENTS are false
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  33
PART  I : SUBJECTIVE QUESTIONS
1. Figure shows four paths along which objects move from a starting point to a final point (particle is
moving along the same straight line), all in the same time. The paths pass over a grid of equally spaced
straight lines. Rank the paths according to
(a) the magnitude of average velocity of the objects
(b) the average speed of the objects, greatest first.
2. A particle moving in straight line, traversed half the distance with a velocity v
0
. The remaining part of the
distance was covered with velocity v
1
for half the time and with velocity v
2
for the other half of the time.
Find the mean velocity of the particle averaged over the whole time of motion.
3. The displacement of a particle moving on a straight line is given by x = 16t 2t
2
. Find out
(a) Displacement upto 2 and 6 s.
(b) Distance travelled upto 2 and 6 s.
4. A man walking with a speed '
v
' constant in magnitude and direction passes under a lantern hanging at
a height H above the ground (consider lantern as a point source). Find the velocity with which the edge
of the shadow of the man's head moves over the ground, if his height is '
h
'.
5. A police jeep is chasing a culprit going on a moter bike. The motor bike crosses a turn at a speed of 72 km/
h. The jeep follows it at a speed of 108 km/h, crossing the turn 10 seconds later than bike (keeping constant
speed). After crossing the turn, jeep acclerates with constant accleration 2 m/s
2
. Assuming bike travels at
constant speed, how far from the turn will the jeep catch the bike?
6. A healthy youngman standing at a distance of 6 m from a 11.5 m high building sees a kid slipping from the
top floor. With what uniform acceleration (starting from rest) should he run to catch the kid at the arms height
(1.5 m)? Take g = 10 m/s
2
.
7. A lift is descending with uniform acceleration. To measure the acceleration , a person in the lift drops a coin
at the moment when lift was descending with speed 6 ft/s. The coin is 5 ft above the floor of the lift at time it
is dropped. The person observes that the coin strikes the floor in 1 second. Calculate from these data, the
acceleration of the lift. [Take g = 32 ft/s
2
]
8. A body starts with an initial velocity of 10 m/s and moves along a straight line with a constant acceleration.
When the velocity of the particle becomes 50 m/s the acceleration is reversed in direction without
changing magnitude. Find the velocity of the particle when it reaches the starting point.
9. The accompanying figure shows the velocity v of a particle moving on a coordinate line.
4
2
(m/s)
(a) When does the particle move forward? move backward? Speed up? slow down?
(b) When is the particle's acceleration positive? Negative ? zero?
(c) When does the particle move at its greatest speed ?
(d) When does the particle stand still for more than an instant?
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  34
10. A point moves rectilinearly in one direction. Fig. shows
the displacement s traversed by the point as a function of the time t.
Using the plot find:
(a) the average velocity of the point during the time of motion;
(b) the maximum velocity;
(c) the time t
0
at which the instantaneous velocity is equal to the mean
velocity averaged over the first t
0
seconds.
11. A l ift starts f rom the top of a mine shaft and descends with a constant speed of 10
m/s.
4 s later a boy throws a stone vertically upwards from the top of the shaft with a speed of
30
m/s. Find when and where stone hits the lift.[ Take: g = 10
m/s ]
PART  II : OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS
Single choice type
1. Two balls of equal masses are thrown upward, along the same vertical line at an interval of 2 seconds,
with the same initial velocity of 40 m/s. Then these collide at a height of (Take g = 10 m/s
2
)
(A) 120 m (B) 75 m (C) 200 m (D) 45 m
2. A body starts from the origin and moves along the Xaxis such that the velocity at any instant is given
by (4t
3
2t), where t is in second and velocity is in m/s. What is acceleration of the particle, when it is
(A) 28 m/s
2
(B) 22 m/s
2
(C) 12 m/s
2
(D) 10 m/s
2
3. The displacement (from origin) of a body in motion is given by x = a sin (et + u). The time at which the
displacement is maximum is (e a, and u are constants)
(A)
e
u
(B)

.

\

e
u
e
t
2
(C) t / 2e (D)

.

\

e
u
e
t 2
4. A body is released from the top of a tower of height h metre. It takes T seconds to reach the ground.
Where is the ball at the time T/2 seconds ?
(A) at h/4 metre from the ground (B) at h/2 metre from the ground
(C) at 3h/4 metre from the ground (D) depends upon the mass of the ball
5. A stone is thrown vertically upward with an initial speed u from the top of a tower, reaches the ground
with a speed 3u. The height of the tower is:
(A)
g
3u
2
(B)
g
4u
2
(C)
g
6u
2
(D)
g
9u
2
6. A particle starts from rest with uniform acceleration a. Its velocity after n seconds is v. The displacement
of the particle in the last two seconds is :
(A)
n
1)  2v(n
(B)
n
1)  v(n
(C)
n
1) v(n +
(D)
n
1) 2v(2n +
7. A ball is thrown vertically upwards from the top of a tower of height h with velocity v. The ball strikes the
ground after time.
(A)
(
(
+ +
2
v
gh 2
1 1
g
v
(B)
(
(
+
2
v
gh 2
1 1
g
v
(C)
2 / 1
2
v
gh 2
1
g
v

.

\

+
(D)
2 / 1
2
v
gh 2
1
g
v

.

\

RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  35
8. A balloon is moving upwards with velocity 10 ms
1
. It releases a stone which comes down to the ground
in 11 s. The height of the balloon from the ground at the moment when the stone was dropped is :
(A) 495 m (B) 592 m (C) 460 m (D) 500 m
9. Water drops fall at regular intervals from a tap which is 5m above the ground. The third drop is leaving
the tap at the instant the first drop touches the ground. How far above the ground is the second drop at
that instant ? (Take g = 10 ms
2
)
(A)
4
5
m (B) 4 m (C)
2
5
m (D)
4
15
m
10. Two particles held at different heights a and b above the ground are allowed to fall from rest. The ratio
of their velocities on reaching the ground is :
(A) a : b (B)
b : a
(C) a
2
: b
2
(D) a
3
: b
3
11. In the onedimensional motion of a particle, the relation between position x and time t is given by
x
2
+ 2x = t (here x > 0). Choose the correct statement :
(A) The retardation of the particle is
3
) 1 x ( 4
1
+
(B) The uniform acceleration of the particle is
3
) 1 x (
1
+
(C) The uniform velocity of the particle is
3
) 1 x (
1
+
(D) The particle has a variable acceleration of 4t + 6.
12. Mark the correct statement :
(A) Ideal speedometer shows the magnitude of the instantanteous velocity.
(B) The magnitude of displacement in an interval is equal to distance covered in that time interval.
(C) It is possible to have a situation in which the speed of a particle is some time zero and some time non
zero but the average speed is zero.
(D) It is possible to have a situation in which the speed of the particle is never zero but the average speed in
an interval is zero.
13. Figure shows the position of a particle moving
on Xaxis as function of time.
(A) The particle has come to rest 5 times
(B) Initial speed of particle was zero
(C) The velocity remains positive for t = 0 to t = 6 s
(D) The average velocity for the total period shown is negative.
14. A body freely falling from rest has a velocity v after it falls through distance h. The distance it has to fall
down further for its velocity to become double is :
(A) h (B) 2h (C) 3h (D) 4h
More than one choice type
15. The acceleration time plot for a particle (starting from rest) moving
on a straight line is shown in figure. For given time interval,
(A) The particle has zero average acceleration
(B) The particle has never turned around.
(C) The particle has zero displacement
(D) The average speed in the interval 0 to 10s is the same as the average
speed in the interval 10s to 20s.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  36
16. The acceleration of a particle is zero at t = 0
(A) Its velocity must be constant.
(B) The speed at t = 0 may be zero.
(C) If the acceleration is zero from t = 0 to t = 5 s, the speed is constant in this interval.
(D) If the speed is zero from t = 0 to t = 5 s the acceleration is also zero in the interval.
17. Consider the motion of the tip of the minute hand of a clock. In one hour
(A) the displacement is zero (B) the distance covered is zero
(C) the average speed is zero (D) the average velocity is zero
18. Mark the correct statements for a particle going on a straight line (xposition coordinate, vvelocity, a
acceleration) :
(A) If the v and a have opposite sign, the object is slowing down.
(B) If the x and v have opposite sign, the particle is moving towards the origin.
(C) If the v is zero at an instant, the a should also be zero at that instant.
(D) If the v is zero for a time interval, then a is zero at every instant within the time interval.
PART  III : MATCH THE COLUMN
1. Column I gives some graphs for a particle moving along xaxis in positive xdirection. The variables v, x and
t represent velocity of particle, xcoordinate of particle and time respectively. Column II gives certain result
ing interpretation. Match the graphs in Column I with the statements in Column II.
Column Column
(A)
v
v  x graph
x
(p) Acceleration of particle is uniform
(B)
v
2
v  x graph
2
x
(q) Acceleration of particle is nonuniform
(C)
v
v  t graph
t
(r) Acceleration of particle is directly proportional to t
(D)
v
v  t graph
2
t
2
(s) Acceleration of particle is directly proportional to x.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  37
2. Match the following :
Column Column
(A) Rate of change of displacement (p) Magnitude of average velocity
(B) Average speed is always greater than or equal to (q) Initial to final position
(C) Displacement has the same direction as that of (r) Velocity
(D) Motion under gravity is considered as the case of (s) Uniform acceleration
PART  IV : COMPREHENSION
Comprehension # 1
Read the following write up and answer the questions based on that.
The graph below gives the coordinate of a particle travelling along the Xaxis as a function of time. AM is the
tangent to the curve at the starting moment and BN is tangent at the end moment (u
1
= u
2
=120).
1. The average velocity during the first 20 seconds is
(A) 10 m/s (B) 10 m/s (C) zero (D) 20 m/s
2. The average acceleration during the first 20 seconds is
(A) 1 m/s
2
(B) 1 m/s
2
(C) zero (D) 2 m/s
2
3. The direction ( i
or i
(C)
1 n 2
1 n 2
+
(D)
1 n 2
n 2
2. A particle is initially at rest, It is subjected to a linear acceleration a , as shown in the figure. The maximum
speed attained by the particle is [JEE Scr. 2004; 3]
(A) 605 m/s (B) 110 m/s (C) 55 m/s (D) 550 m/s
3. The velocity displacement graph of a particle moving along a straight line is shown.
The most suitable accelerationdisplacement graph will be [JEE Scr. 2005; 3]
(A) (B) (C) (D)
PART  II : AIEEE PROBLEMS (LAST 10 YEARS)
1. If a body loses half of its velocity on penetrating 3 cm in a wooden block, then how much will it penetrate
more before coming to rest? [AIEEE  2002, 4/300]
(1) 1 cm (2) 2 cm (3) 3 cm (4) 4 cm
2. From a building two balls A and B are thrown such that A is thrown upwards and B downwards (both
vertically with same speed). If V
A
and V
B
are their respective velocities on reaching the ground, then
[AIEEE  2002, 4/300]
(1) v
B
> v
A
(2) v
A
=v
B
(3) v
A
> v
B
(4) their velocities depends on their masses
3. Speeds of two identical cars are u and 4u at a specific instant. The ratio of the respective distances at which
the two cars are stopped at the same instant is : [AIEEE  2002, 4/300]
(1) 1 : 1 (2) 1 : 4 (3) 1 : 8 (4) 1 : 16
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  39
4. The coordinates of a moving particle at any time t are given by x = ot
3
and y = t
3
. The speed of the particle
at time t is given by : [AIEEE  2003, 4/300]
(1)
2 2
 + o (2) 3t
2
2 2
 + o (3) t
2
2 2
 + o (4)
2 2
 + o
5. A car moving with a speed of 50 km/hr, can be stopped by brakes after at least 6 m. if the same car is moving
at a speed of 100 km/hr, the minimum stopping distance is : [AIEEE  2003, 4/300]
(1) 12 m (2) 18 m (3) 24 m (4) 6 m
6. A ball is released from the top of a tower of height h metres. It takes T seconds to reach the ground. What is
the position of the ball in T/3 seconds? [AIEEE  2004, 4/300]
(1) h/9 metre from the ground (2) 7h/9 metre from the ground
(3) 8h/9 metre from the ground (3) 17h/9 metre from the ground
7. An automobile travelling with a speed of 60 km/h, can brake to stop within a distance of 20 m. If the car is
going twice as fast, ie. 120 km/h, the stopping distance will be [AIEEE  2004, 4/300]
(1) 20 m (2) 40 m (3) 60 m (4) 80 m
8. The relation between time t and distance x is t = ax
2
+ bx, where a and b are constants. The acceleration is:
[AIEEE 2005, 4.300]
(1) 2abv
2
(2) 2bv
2
(3) 2av
3
(4) 2av
3
9. A car, starting from rest, accelerates at the rate f through a distance S, then continues at constant speed for
time t and then decelerates at the rate
2
f
to come to rest. If the total distance travelled is 15 S, then :
[AIEEE 2005, 4/300]
(1) S = ft (2) S =
6
1
ft
2
(3) S =
72
1
ft
2
(4) S =
4
1
ft
2
10. A particle is moving eastwards with a velocity of 5 ms
1
. In 10 second the velocity changes to 5 ms
1
northwards. The average acceleration in this time is : [AIEEE 2005, 4/300]
(1)
2
1
ms
1
towards northwest (2)
2
1
ms
2
towards north
(3) zero (4)
2
1
ms
2
towards northwest.
11. A parachutist after bailing out falls 50 m without friction. When parachute opens, it decelerates at 2 m/s
2
. He
reaches the ground with a speed of 3 m/s. At what height approximately, did he bail out?
[AIEEE 2005, 4/300]
(1) 91 m (2) 182 m (3) 293 m (4) 111 m
12. A particle located at x = 0 at time t = 0, starts moving along the positive xdirection with a velocity v that
varies as v =
x o
The displacement of the particle varies with time as [AIEEE2006, 3/180]
(1) t
1/2
(2) t
3
(3) t
2
(4) t
13. The velocity of a particle is v = v
0
+ gt + ft
2
. If its position is x = 0 at t = 0, then its displacement after unit time
(t = 1) is [AIEEE 2007, 3/120]
(1) v
0
+ 2g + 3f (2) v
0
+
2
g
+
3
f
(3) v
0
+ g + f (4) v
0
+
2
g
+ f
14. An object moving with a speed of 6.25 m/s, is decelerated at a rate given by :
u =
u
5 . 2
dt
d
where u is the instantaneous speed. The time taken by the object, to come to rest, would be :
[AIEEE  2011, 4/120, 1]
(1) 1 s (2) 2 s (3) 4 s (4) 8 s
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  40
15. A particle of mass m is at rest at the origin at time t = 0. It is subjected to a force F(t) = F
0
e
bt
in the x
direction. Its speed v(t) is depicted by which of the following curves ? [AIEEE 2012 ; 4/120, 1]
Hint : Acceleration =
Mass
Force
(1) (2)
F b
mb
0
v(t)
t
(3) (4)
BOARD LEVEL EXERCISE : ANSWER & SOLUTIONS
1. Both rest and motion are relative terms.
2. When the object moves along a straight line and
always in the same direction.
3. It will be a straight line, inclined with timeaxis.
4. No. It is because, the xt graph parallel to position
axis indicates that the position of the object is
changing at a given instant of time.
5. No. It is because, the xt graph parallel to time
axis indicates that the object is at rest.
6. Acceleration .
7. Both the balls will rise to the same height. It is
because, for a body moving with given initial veloc
ity and acceleration, the distance covered by the
body does not depend on the mass of the body.
8. if an object is thrown verticle upward than at top
point velocity will be zero but acceleration will be
non zero.
9. Instantaneous speed.
10. (a) Three dimensional (b) One dimensional
(c) Three dimensional (d) Two dimensional.
(e) Two dimensional
11. Let
C
V
and
S
V
= 90 kmh
1
and
S
V
= 60 kmh
1
The relative velocity of the car w.r.t. the scooter,
S C CS
V V V
= or V
CS
= V
C
V
S
When the car is ahead of the scooter :
V
CS
= 90 60 = 30 km h
1
(away from the scooter)
When the scooter is ahead of the car :
v
CS
= 90 60 = 30 km h
1
(towards the scooter)
13. two hours
15. When an object is thrown up, the direction of mo
tion of the object and its velocity are along verticaly
downward and upward direction but acceleration
is along verticaly downward direction. Therefore,
the direction of motion of the object is that of the
velocity and not that of acceleration.
16. The average speed in a small time interval is equal
to the slope of the xt graph in that interval. Since
the slope of the graph is maximum in the time in
terval 3 and least in the interval 2; the average speed
is greatest in interval 3 and is least in interval 2.
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  41
Further, the slope of xt graph is positive in the
time intervals 1 and 2 and it is negative in the inter
val 3. Therefore, in interval 1 and 2, the average
velocity is positive; and in the interval 3, the aver
age velocity is negative.
18.
2
n
n . a .
2
1
n . u s + =
( )
2
1 n
1 n a .
2
1
) 1 n ( u s + =
( ) 1 n 2
2
a
u s s s
1 n n
n
th + = =
21. For a uniformly accelerated motion, the speedtime
graph is a straight line, whose slope is equal to
the acceleration of the motion. Since both the cars
start with a given speed at zero time and have zero
speed at a later time, the vt graph in each case
can be obtained by joining these points with a
straight line. Thus, AB represents vt graph for the
car A and CD represents that for the car B.
5
10
15
20
25
2
O
4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20
S
p
e
e
d
(
m
s
)
1
C
D' B
CarB
D
A
Time (s)
CarA
(a) The distance travelled by each car is equal to
the area under its vt graph. Therefore,
distance travelled by the car A,
x
1
= area of AOAB
=
2
1
AO OB =
2
1
25 10 = 125 m
distance travelled by the car B,
x
2
= area of ACOD
=
2
1
CO OD =
2
1
15 20 = 150 m
Since x
2
> x
1
, the car B travels farther.
(b) If the car B decelerates at the same rate as the
car A, then its vt graph should be a straight line
drawn from the point C and parallel to AB. There
fore, dotted line CD represents the vt graph of the
car B decelerating at the same rate as the car A.
Since corresponding to point D, t = 6s, the car B
will then stop in 6s.
EXERCISE # 1
PART  I
SECTION (A) :
A1. Distance travelled by the car = 48 m,
Displacement of the car = 36 m
A2. (a) 110 m (b) 50 m,tan
1
3
4
west of south
SECTION (B) :
B1. (a) 32 km/h (b) zero B2.
3 1 3 2 2 1
3 2 1
v v v v v v
v v 3v
+ +
SECTION (C) :
C1. (a) 24 Bt ; (b) A + 300 B, 120 B
C2. A 3 Bt
4
C3.
2
5
= 2.5 m/s
2
SECTION (D) :
D1. a = 3 m/s
2
;
2
175
= 87.5 m
D2. (a) 2700 m = 2.7 km , (b) 60 m/s,
(c) 225 m and 2.25 km
D3. 50m ; 2m/s
2
; 20 m
D4. (a) 100 m ; (b) 10 s ; (c) 19 m, 15 m
D5. 20m
D6. (i) 20 m/s (ii) 4 m (iii)
656
m.
SECTION (E) :
E1. distance travelled = 10 m; displacement = 6 m;
average velocity =
5
6
= 1.2 m/s
E2. 2000 m. ,
,
straight line
parabolic curve
parabolic curve
x(m)
2000
1500
500
E3. Particle B
RESONANCE RECTILINEAR MOTION  42
PART  II
SECTION (A)
A1. (B)
SECTION (B)
B1. (B) B2. (A,C) B 3. (A) B 4. (B)
SECTION (C)
C 1. (A)
SECTION (D) :
D1. (D) D2. (C) D3. (A) D4. (D)
D5. (B) D6. (B) D7. (B) D 8. (C)
SECTION (E) :
E1. (B,C) E2. (D) E3. (C) E4. (C)
E5. (B) E6. (D)
PART  III
1. (D) 2. (D) 3. (D) 4. (D)
EXERCISE # 2
PART  I
1. (a) > <
1
v
= > <
2
v
= > <
3
v
= > <
4
v
(b) v
4, avg
> v
1, avg
= v
2, avg
> v
3, avg
2. 

.

\

+ +
+
2 1 0
2 1
v v v 2
v v
0
v 2
3. (a) 24 m, 24 m (b) 24 m, 40 m
4.


.

\

h H
H
v 5. 400 m
6. 6 m/s
2
7. 22 ft/s
2
8. 70 m/s
9. (a) [0,1) s & (5,7)s
(1, 5)s
(1, 2) s & (5, 6) s
(0, 1) s & (3, 5) s & (6, 7) s
(b) (3, 6) s
(0, 2) s & (6, 7) s
(2, 3) s & (7, 9) s
(c) 0 s & (2, 3) s
(d) [7, 9] s
10. (a) 10 cm/s; (b) 25 cm/s; (c) t
0
= 16s
11.
) 6 2 8 ( +
sec after the lift starts descending,
129m below the top of the shaft
PART  II
1. (B) 2. (B) 3. (B) 4. (C)
5. (B) 6. (A) 7. (A) 8. (A)
9. (D) 10. (B) 11. (A) 12. (A)
13. (A) 14. (C) 15. (A,B,D)
16. (B,C,D) 17. (A,D) 18. (A,B,D)
PART  III :
1. (A) q, s (B) p (C) p (D) q, r
2. (A) r, (B) p, (C) q, (D) s
PART  IV :
1. (A) 2. (C) 3. i
4. (C)
5. (C) 6. (C) 7. (C) 8. (B)
EXERCISE # 3
PART  I
1. (B) 2. (C) 3. (B)
PART  II
1. (1) 2. (2) 3. (2) 4. (2)
5. (3) 6. (3) 7. (4) 8. (3)
9. (3) 10. (1) 11. (3) 12. (3)
13. (2) 14. (2) 15. (3)