Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

motion bannerMotion is the acceleration, displacement, or velocity of an object relative to a given frame of reference.  There are four basic types of motion with each one moving different than the other.  There is a fifth called irregular motion which does not actually count as one.

Motion Types

  • Linear motion is anything that moves in a straight line.
  • Oscillating motion (simple harmonic motion) moves repeatedly back and forth.
  • Rotary motion is anything that moves in a circle.
  • Reciprocating motion moves backwards and forwards in a straight line.
  • Irregular motion is any motion that has no fixed pattern.


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