# Kinematics

## Preface

editKinematics is the branch of physics dealing with the motion of particles or bodies. It defines movement at the level of position, velocity and acceleration, without incorporating masses and forces.

A proper study of the subject requires an understanding of 2D and 3D vectors. Of course you also need to review basic algebra, trigonometry and calculus. A proper understanding of kinematics require an understanding of vector calculus too.

## Chapter 0: A Mathematics Review

edit## Chapter 1: Plane Kinematics

edit## Chapter 2: Kinematics in Three Space

edit## Two Dimensional Kinematics

edit### Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration

edit*Displacement* is the change in position with respect to the *frame of reference*. In the case of a car moving on a road, the displacement is the change in position with respect to the road. This is important because the Earth itself is rotating and orbiting at considerable speed, which you do not notice due to inertia. Since omnipotence is not possible, all observations are made from a specific frame of reference. Displacement is usually expressed as a length measurement.
*Velocity* is the change in displacement with respect to a change in time. The velocity of an object is again relative to the frame of reference.
*Acceleration* is the change in velocity with respect to a change in time.
Therefore, we know that, for functions for displacement, velocity, and acceleration, respectively d, v, t :

### Kinematics Formulas

editUsing the above can create the basic kinematics formulas(subject to acceleration being constant):

## Applications of Kinematics

edit### Motion

editMotion is by far the simplest application of Kinematics, and uses the formulas with no adaptation.

#### Example 1

edit### Gravity and Falling Objects

editGravity affects most all earthly motion, and therefore is discussed first. Gravity pulls all objects the same distance from the earth with equal acceleration, regardless of mass, as discovered by Galileo in his famous test on the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In this section we will assume that friction and air resistance are negligible.
The standard gravity constant, 'g', is the is equal to 9.8m/s^{2}, and is the acceleration done by the earth's gravity at sea level. Therefore, a falling object fall accelerating at rate g. When using this with the Kinematics formulas, g replaces a.

#### Example 1

editShow that the force (F) of a body is directly proportional to its momentum