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MECHANICS

Kinematics of Particles:
Kinematics is the study of the geometry of motion; is used to
relate displacement, velocity, acceleration and time, without
reference to the cause of motion.

Motion in One Dimension

Motion in Two and Three Dimensions
Basic References:
Tipler, P. and Mosca, G.(2004) Physics for Scientists and Engineers. Vth Ed. Freeman and
Company
Beer, F. and Jonhston, E. R. (2007) Vector Mechanics for Engineers. McGraw-Hill

MECHANICS
Kinematics of Particles
Motion in One Dimension

Displacement, Velocity,
and Speed

Motion in One Dimension

Position xi. is defined
by a frame of reference

Displacement: The change in the position of particle, m

Velocity: The rate at which the position change, m/s

ds
dt

Traveled distance: s
total distance traveled
Average speed:
ratio of the total distance traveled
to the total time from start to finish

Instantaneous speed

ds
dt

s
t

Motion in One Dimension

ds
dt

The
magnitude of
the
instantaneous
velocity is the
instantaneous
speed

MECHANICS
Kinematics of Particles
Motion in One Dimension

Acceleration

Acceleration

Acceleration is the rate of the change of instantaneous velocity

Average acceleration, m/s2

( )

dx
dv d dt d 2 x
=
=
= 2
dt
dt
dt

Instantaneous acceleration, m/s2

Motion under constant acceleration, a = aav = constant; uniformly accelerated rectilinear motion

v = vo + at
1 2
x = x xo = vt + at
2

Eliminating t

v 2 = vo2 + 2ax

Practical Case: Objects in Free- fall falling freely under the influence of gravity only
Near the earths surface all unsupported objects fall vertically with constant
acceleration (provided air resistance is negligible) Gravity acceleration ~ 9,81 m/s2.

Exercises

How is the motion that is showed

in the figures? Write the equation
that describes the position and
acceleration in each case.

Describe the motion as

is represented in the
figure. Estimate the
acceleration at t=50 s;
t=120 s; What is the
traveled distance since
the origin of time to t =
60 s; t= 180 s

A car accelerates from rest as showed in the

figure. Draw a graph displaying its velocity
and position versus time

xA

xB

Relative position coordinate

of B with respect to A

vB / A = vB v A

Relative acceleration of B with respect to A

aB / A = aB a A

Dependent motions
The motions of particles are linked,
they are not independent
by inextensible strings

2 xB + x A = Constant
2 vB + v A = 0
2 aB + a A = 0

xB / A = xB x A

Problems
A student throws her cap straight upward with an initial speed of 14.7 m/s. (a) How long does it
take it highest point; (b) What is the distance to the highest point ? (c) Assuming the cup is
caught at the same height from which it was released, what is the total time the cap is in flight?

Problems
A ball is thrown
vertically upward from
the 12-m level in an
elevator shaft with an
initial velocity of 18
m/s. At the same
instant an openplatform elevator
passes the 5-m level,
moving upward with a
constant velocity of 2
m/s. Determine (a)
when and where the
ball will hit the
elevator, (b) the
relative velocity of the
ball with respect to the
elevator when the ball

MECHANICS
Kinematics of Particles
Motion in Two and Three Dimensions

Vectors
Parallelogram method

Vectors Components

Vector rectangular
components

Vectors
parallelogram method, or
analytically, using vector
components

Summary of properties of vectors

3-3
Position, Velocity, and
Acceleration

Position Vector, Velocity and acceleration

r
r
r
r dr ds r
r
v = lim = = T = vT
t 0 t
dt dt

Curvilinear Motion

( )

r
r
r
v dv d vT
r
a = lim = =
t 0 t
dt
dt

Rectangular components of position vector, velocity and acceleration

Curvilinear Motion

r
r
r
r
r = xi + y j + z k

s dx r dy r dz r
v= i+
j+ k
dt
dt
dk

r d 2x r d 2 y r d 2z r
a= 2 i + 2 j+ 2k
dt
dt
dt

Exercises
A student throws her cap into the air with an initial
velocity of 24,5 m/s at 36.9 above of horizontal. The
path described by the cap is showed in the figure.
Draw the position vector, velocity and acceleration at
time t= 0, t=1, t= 2 and t = 3 (in seconds).

A particle is moving in a circle with constant speed.

Draw a diagram motion about it displaying the
position vector, velocity and acceleration in
different positions of the path.

Curvilinear Motion
Consider the motion of a pendulum bob
shown in figure. Draw the position
vector, the velocity and the acceleration
at different times, t0, t2, t4, t6 and t8.

Motion relative to a frame in translation

r r r
rB = rA + rB / A
r
r r
vB = v A + vB / A
r
r r
aB = a A + aB / A

r
rB / A

Position of B relative to the moving frame

Axyz, or the position of B relative to A

r
vB / A

Velocity of B relative to the moving frame

Axyz, or the velocity of B relative to
A.This is the derivative of relative position

Acceleration of B relative to the moving

frame Axyz or the acceleration of B
B / A relative to A. This the derivative of relative
velocity
The rate of change of a vector as observed from a moving
frame of reference is, in general, different from its rate as
The motion of B
observed from a fixed frame of reference.
with respect to the
fixed frame Oxyz is
However, if the moving frame is in translation, the rate of
referred to as
change of a vector is the same with respect to a fixed frame
absolute motion
and with respect to a frame in translation.

r
a

Motion relative to a frame in translation

B

r
vB / A

r r r
rB = rA + rB / A
r
r r
vB = v A + vB / A
r
r r
aB = a A + aB / A

r
vA

3-4
Special Case 1: Projectile Motion

Problems