Motion Revision Notes

Notes Class 9

Please refer to the Motion Revision Notes given below. These revision notes have been designed as per the latest NCERT, CBSE and KVS books issued for the current academic year. Students will be able to understand the entire chapter in your class 9th Science book. We have provided chapter wise Notes for Class 9 Science as per the latest examination pattern.

Revision Notes Chapter 8 Motion

Students of Class 9 Science will be able to revise the entire chapter and also learn all important concepts based on the topic wise notes given below. Our best teachers for Grade 9 have prepared these to help you get better marks in upcoming examinations. These revision notes cover all important topics given in this chapter.


1 Motion (Uniform Motion And Non Uniform Motion, Acceleration and Velocity)

  • A particle is a point-like object, has mass but infinitesimal size
  • The object’s position is its location with respect to a chosen reference point, In the diagram, the road sign the reference point
  • Motion occurs when an object changes its position. Both Distance and Time are important in describing motion.
  • Sometimes you know motion has occurred even if you didn’t see it happen. (mail truck)
  • Relative motion: when two objects are moving in a plane (either in same direction or opposite) each have relative motion with respect to second. e.g. a person sitting in a train and watching a tree, in this case tree is stable but is assumed to be moving but with respect to train.

Distance vs. Displacement

Distance: How far an object has moved. It has only magnitude without direction. (total)
Displacement: How far and in what direction an object has moved from its start position. i.e. the direct distance between two points.


  • Speed = the distance an object travels in a given amount of time
  • Speed = distance / time\
  • sI unit of speed is m/s

Types of Speed

  • Constant speed: speed doesn’t change (set your car on cruise control)
  • Changing speed: Riding a bike for 5 km. Take off and increase speed, slow down up hill, speed up down hill, stop for stop sign. The trip took you 15 min (.25 h)
  • Average speed: total distance /total time
  • Instantaneous speed: speed at any given time.


  • Velocity: includes speed and DIRECTION
  • Storm is moving at 20km/hr.
  • Should you be seeking shelter?
  • Suppose two trains are going with the same speed in opposite direction so they are having different velocities.
  • Race car going around an oval track might have constant speed, but different velocities at each point.


  • Any change in velocity over a period of time is called acceleration.
  • The sign (+ or -) of indicates its direction. + sign shows the acceleration and – sign shows de-acceleration.
  • Uniform (constant) acceleration equation
Motion Revision Notes
  • Images of car are equally spaced.
  • The car is moving with constant positive velocity (shown by red arrows maintaining the same size) .
  • The acceleration equals to zero
Motion Revision Notes
  • Images of car become farther apart as time increases
  • Velocity and acceleration are in the same direction
  • Acceleration is uniform (Arrows below the car maintain the same length)
  • Velocity is increasing (Arrows above the car are getting longer)
  • This shows positive acceleration and positive velocity
Motion Revision Notes

The instant speed at points of equal elevations is the same.

The velocities are different because they are in opposite
Free Fall & Air Resistance

Motion Revision Notes

Galileo Galilei Italian physicist and astronomer

Formulated laws of motion for objects in free fall

  • A freely falling object is any object moving freely under the influence of gravity alone.
  • It does not depend upon the initial motion of the object
  • Dropped – released from rest
  • Thrown downward
  • Thrown upward
  • The acceleration of an object in free fall is directed downward, regardless of the initial motion
  • The magnitude of free fall acceleration (gravitational acceleration) is g = 9.80 m/s2
  • g decreases with increasing altitude
  • g varies with latitude, height and depth from earth surface.
  • 9.80 m/s2 is the average at the Earth’s surface
  • The italicized g will be used for the acceleration due to gravity
  • Not to be confused with g for grams
Motion Revision Notes
  • With negligible air resistance, falling objects can be considered freely falling. objects of different shapes accelerate differently (stone vs feather)
  • Speed both upward and downward
Motion Revision Notes
  • The path is symmetrical.
  • Acceleration is constant.
  • The magnitude of the velocities is the same at equal heights.
  • Images become closer together as time increases
  • Acceleration and velocity are in opposite directions when ball goes upward.
  • Acceleration is uniform (violet arrows maintain the same length)
  • Velocity is decreasing in upward motion (red arrows are getting shorter)
  • Positive velocity and negative acceleration
  • Velocity becomes zero at maximum height.
  • Time duration flight in going upward and coming back is always same.

Test Yourself :

  1. What is SI Unit of displacement?
  2. Name the quantity which represents rate of change of velocity. 
  3. A particle describes a semicircle of radius l 14m. What are its distance and displacement covered?

2 Graphical Representation Of Motion & Graphs

Test Yourself :

1. What does slope of Position – Time graph represent?
2. If velocity –time graph is parallel to time axis, what type of motion does it represent?

3 Equation of motion

(1) When object is moving in straight line-

  • v = vo + at
  • x = xo + vot + ½ at2
  • v2 = vo 2 + 2a(Δx)
  • Average acceleration describes how fast the velocity is changing with respect to
Motion Revision Notes
  • where: aave = average acceleration
  • v = change in velocity
  • x = displacement
  • t = elapsed time

(2) when object is coming vertically downward-

  • v = vo + gt
  • h = vot + ½ gt2
  • v2 = vo2 + 2ah

(3) when object is coming vertically upwardv
= vo – gt
h = vot – ½ gt2
v2 = vo
2 – 2gh

  • The SI unit of velocity is the m/s.

Average accleration is + or – depending on direction.

  • Instantaneous Acceleration
Motion Revision Notes
  • Instantaneous acceleration is the limit of Δv/Δt as Δt approaches zero.
  • Instantaneous acceleration is zero where slope is constant
  • Instantaneous acceleration is positive where curve is concave up
  • Instantaneous acceleration is negative where curve is concave down