Kinematics is the study of motion.
It is not the same as kinetics, which involves the action of forces to change the motion of a body.
In this section we will be concentrating on the graphs of bodies in motion. It is important for your understanding of calculus.
The Difference Between Distance and Displacement
Distance normally refers to the total distance an object moves during a particular journey.
Displacement refers to the distance from the starting point at a particular instant in time. We normally use s for displacement (which is pretty silly, since s looks like it should stand for speed, but doesn't).
In this Chapter
1. Velocity (s-t) Graphs - where we look at how to graph simple journeys (straight line)
2. Acceleration (v-t) Graphs - where we learn the definition of acceleration and how to draw simple graphs
3. Kinematics Exercises - involving straight-line graphs
We begin the chapter with the definition of velocity »
Didn't find what you are looking for on this page? Try search:
Online Algebra Solver
This algebra solver can solve a wide range of math problems. (Please be patient while it loads.)
Go to: Online algebra solver
Ready for a break?
Play a math game.
(Well, not really a math game, but each game was made using math...)
The IntMath Newsletter
Sign up for the free IntMath Newsletter. Get math study tips, information, news and updates each fortnight. Join thousands of satisfied students, teachers and parents!
Short URL for this Page
Save typing! You can use this URL to reach this page:
Math Lessons on DVD
Easy to understand math lessons on DVD. See samples before you commit.
More info: Math videos