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Branch of physics concerned with the geometrically possible motion of a body or system of bodies, without consideration of the forces involved. It describes the spatial position of bodies or systems, their velocities, and their acceleration. *Seealso* dynamics.

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Kinematics (Greek κινειν, kinein, to move) is a branch of classical mechanics which describes the motion of objects without consideration of the circumstances leading to the motion. The other branch is dynamics, which studies the relationship between the motion of objects and its causes. Kinematics is not to be confused with kinetics, an obsolete term equivalent to dynamics as used in modern day physics; this term is no longer in active use. (See dynamics for details.)## Linear motion

### Integral relations

The above definitions can be inverted by integration to find:
### Constant acceleration

When acceleration is constant both in direction and in magnitude, the point is said to be undergoing uniformly accelerated motion. In this case, the above equations can be simplified:Eq. (1)
_{0}) gives the final velocity ( υ ).Eq. (2)
_{0} and multiplying by Eq. (3) we find a connection between the final velocity at time t and the displacement at that time:
### Relative velocity

An example is the prediction of centripetal force in uniform circular motion, regardless of whether the circular path is due to gravitational attraction, a banked curve on a highway, or an attached string. In contrast, kinetics is concerned with the forces and interactions that produce or affect the motion. The simplest application of kinematics is to point particle motion (translational kinematics or linear kinematics). The description of rotation (rotational kinematics or angular kinematics) is more complicated. The state of a generic rigid body may be described by combining both translational and rotational kinematics (rigid-body kinematics). A more complicated case is the kinematics of a system of rigid bodies, possibly linked together by mechanical joints. The kinematic description of fluid flow is even more complicated, and not generally thought of in the context of kinematics.

Linear or translational kinematics is the description of the motion in space of a point along a line, also known as trajectory or path. This path can be either straight (rectilinear) or curved (curvilinear). There are three basic concepts that are required for understanding linear motion:

Displacement (denoted by r below, but in some cases s or x) is the shortest distance between two points: the origin and the displaced point. The origin is (0,0) on a coordinate system that is defined by the observer. Because displacement has both magnitude (length) and direction, it is a vector whose initial point is the origin and terminal point is the displaced point.

Velocity (denoted by υ below) is the rate of change in displacement with respect to time; that is the displacement of a point changes with time. Velocity is also a vector. For a constant velocity, every unit of time adds the length of the velocity vector (in the same direction) to the displacement of the moving point. Instantaneous velocity (the velocity at an instant of time) is defined as

- $boldsymbol\; v\; =\; frac\; \{d\; boldsymbol\; r\}\{d\; t\}\; ,$

Acceleration (denoted by a below) is the rate of change in velocity with respect to time. Acceleration is also a vector. As with velocity if acceleration is constant, for every unit of time the length of the acceleration vector (in the same direction) is added to the velocity. If the change in velocity (a vector) is known, the acceleration is parallel to it. Instantaneous acceleration (the acceleration at an instant of time) is defined as:

- $boldsymbol\; a\; =\; frac\; \{d\; boldsymbol\; v\}\{d\; t\}\; ,$

- $boldsymbol\; a\; =\; frac\; \{Delta\; boldsymbol\; v\}\{Delta\; t\}\; ,$

- $boldsymbol\{v\}(t)\; =boldsymbol\{v\}\_0+\; int\_0^t\; dt\text{'}\; boldsymbol\{a\}\; (t\text{'})$

- $boldsymbol\{r\}(t)\; =boldsymbol\{r\}\_0+\; int\_0^t\; dt\text{'}\; boldsymbol\{v\}\; (t\text{'})$

- $=boldsymbol\{r\}\_0+boldsymbol\{v\}\_0\; t\; +\; int\_0^t\; dt\text{'}\; int\_0^\{t\text{'}\}\; dt$ boldsymbol{a} (t)

- $=boldsymbol\{r\}\_0+boldsymbol\{v\}\_0\; t\; +\; int\_0^t\; dt\text{'}\; left(t-t\text{'}right)\; boldsymbol\{a\}\; (t\text{'})\; ,$

- $boldsymbol\; v\; =\; int\_0^\{t\}\; boldsymbol\; a\; dt\; =\; boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_0\; +\; boldsymbol\; a\; t$

- $boldsymbol\; r\; =\; int\_0^t\; boldsymbol\; v\; dt\; =\; int\_0^t\; left(boldsymbol\; v\_0\; +\; boldsymbol\; a\; t\; right)\; dt\; =\; boldsymbol\; v\_0\; t\; +\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; boldsymbol\; a\; t^2$

- $boldsymbol\; r\; =\; frac\{boldsymbol\; v+\; boldsymbol\; v\_0\}\{2\}\; t$

- $boldsymbol\; \{r\; cdot\; a\}\; t\; =\; left(boldsymbol\; v\; -\; boldsymbol\; \{v\}\_0\; right)boldsymbol\{\; cdot\}\; frac\{boldsymbol\; v\; +\; boldsymbol\; \{v\}\_0\}\{2\}\; t\; ,$

- $2\; boldsymbol\{r\; cdot\; a\}\; =\; v^2\; -\; v\_0^2\; .$

- $v^2=\; v\_0^2\; +\; 2\; a\; s\; ,$

- $<\; \{v\}\_2\; >\; =\; <\{v\}\_1>\; +\; a$

To describe the motion of object A with respect to object B, when we know how each is moving with respect to a reference object O, we can use vector algebra. Choose an origin for reference, and let the positions of objects A, B, and O be denoted by r_{A}, r_{B}, and r_{O}. Then the position of A relative to the reference object O is

- $boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{A/O\}\; =\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{A\}\; -\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{O\}\; ,!$

- $boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{A/B\}\; =\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_A\; -\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_B\; =\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_A\; -\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_O\; -\; left(boldsymbol\{r\}\_B-boldsymbol\{r\}\_Oright)\; =\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{A/O\}-boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{B/O\}\; .$

The above relative equation states that the motion of A relative to B is equal to the motion of A relative to O minus the motion of B relative to O. It may be easier to visualize this result if the terms are re-arranged:

- $boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{A/O\}\; =\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{A/B\}\; +\; boldsymbol\{r\}\_\{B/O\}\; ,$

or, in words, the motion of A relative to the reference is that of B plus the relative motion of A with respect to B. These relations between displacements become relations between velocities by simple time-differentiation, and a second differentiation makes them apply to accelerations.

For example, let Ann move with velocity $boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{A\}$ relative to the reference (we drop the O subscript for convenience) and let Bob move with velocity $boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{B\}$, each velocity given with respect to the ground (point O). To find how fast Ann is moving relative to Bob (we call this velocity $boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{A/B\}$), the equation above gives:

- $boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{A\}\; =\; boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{B\}\; +\; boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{A/B\}\; ,!\; .$

To find $boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{A/B\}$ we simply rearrange this equation to obtain:

- $boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{A/B\}\; =\; boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{A\}\; -boldsymbol\{V\}\_\{B\}\; ,!\; .$

At velocities comparable to the speed of light, these equations are not valid. They are replaced by equations derived from Einstein's theory of special relativity.

Example: Rectilinear (1D) motion Consider an object that is fired directly upwards and falls back to the ground so that its trajectory is contained in a straight line. If we adopt the convention that the upward direction is the positive direction, the object experiences a constant acceleration of approximately -9.81 m/s

^{2}. Therefore, its motion can be modeled with the equations governing uniformly accelerated motion.For the sake of example, assume the object has an initial velocity of +50 m/s. There are several interesting kinematic questions we can ask about the particle's motion:

#### How long will it be airborne?

To answer this question, we apply the formula- $x\_f\; -\; x\_i\; =\; v\_i\; t\; +\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; at^2.$

- $0\; =\; v\_i\; t\; +\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; at^2\; =\; t(v\_i\; +\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; at)$

- $t\; =\; -frac\{2v\_i\}\{a\}\; =\; -frac\{2*50\}\{-9.81\}\; =\; 10.2\; s$

#### What altitude will it reach before it begins to fall?

In this case, we use the fact that the object has a velocity of zero at the apex of its trajectory. Therefore, the applicable equation is:- $v\_f^2\; =\; v\_i^2\; +\; 2\; a\; (x\_f\; -\; x\_i)$

- $x\_f\; =\; frac\{v\_f^2\; -\; v\_i^2\}\{2\; a\}\; +\; x\_i\; =\; frac\{0-50^2\}\{2*-9.81\}+0\; =\; 127.55\; m$

#### What will its final velocity be when it reaches the ground?

To answer this question, we use the fact that the object has an initial velocity of zero at the apex before it begins its descent. We can use the same equation we used for the last question, using the value of 127.55 m for $x\_i$.- $v\_f\; =\; sqrt\{v\_i^2\; +\; 2\; a\; (x\_f\; -\; x\_i)\}\; =\; sqrt\{0^2\; +\; 2\; (-9.81)\; (0\; -\; 127.55)\}\; =\; 50\; m/s$

Example: Projectile (2D) motion Suppose that an object is not fired vertically but is fired at an angle $theta$ from the ground. The object will then follow a parabolic trajectory, and its horizontal motion can be modeled independently of its vertical motion. Assume that the object is fired at an initial velocity of 50 m/s and 30 degrees from the horizontal.

#### How far will it travel before hitting the ground?

The object experiences an acceleration of -9.81 ms^{-2}in the vertical direction and no acceleration in the horizontal direction. Therefore, the horizontal displacement is- $Delta\; x\; =\; x\_f\; -\; x\_i\; =\; v\_i\; cos\; theta\; t\; +\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; at^2\; =\; v\_i\; cos\; theta\; t$

- $0\; =\; v\_i\; sin\; theta\; t\; +\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; at^2\; =\; t(v\_i\; sin\; theta\; +\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; at)$

- $Delta\; x\; =\; v\_i\; cos\; theta\; left(frac\{-2\; v\_i\; sin\; theta\}\{a\}right)\; =\; -frac\{v\_i^2\; sin\; 2theta\}\{a\}\; =\; 220.93\; m$

## Rotational motion

Rotational or angular kinematics is the description of the rotation of an object. The description of rotation requires some method for describing orientation, for example, the Euler angles. In what follows, attention is restricted to simple rotation about an axis of fixed orientation. The z-axis has been chosen for convenience.

Description of rotation then involves these three quantities:

Angular position: The oriented distance from a selected origin on the rotational axis to a point of an object is a vector r (t ) locating the point. The vector r (t ) has some projection (or, equivalently, some component) r

_{$perp$}(t ) on a plane perpendicular to the axis of rotation. Then the angular position of that point is the angle θ from a reference axis (typically the positive x-axis) to the vector r_{$perp$}(t ) in a known rotation sense (typically given by the right-hand rule).Angular velocity: The angular velocity ω is the rate at which the angular position θ changes with respect to time t:

- $mathbf\{omega\}\; =\; frac\; \{mathrm\{d\}theta\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}$

The angular velocity is represented in Figure 1 by a vector Ω pointing along the axis of rotation with magnitude ω and sense determined by the direction of rotation as given by the right-hand rule.

Angular acceleration: The magnitude of the angular acceleration $alpha$ is the rate at which the angular velocity $omega$ changes with respect to time t:

- $mathbf\{alpha\}\; =\; frac\; \{mathrm\{d\}mathbf\{omega\}\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}$

The equations of translational kinematics can easily be extended to planar rotational kinematics with simple variable exchanges:

- $,!theta\_f\; -\; theta\_i\; =\; omega\_i\; t\; +\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; alpha\; t^2\; qquad\; theta\_f\; -\; theta\_i\; =\; frac\{1\}\{2\}\; (omega\_f\; +\; omega\_i)t$

- $,!omega\_f\; =\; omega\_i\; +\; alpha\; t\; qquad\; alpha\; =\; frac\{omega\_f\; -\; omega\_i\}\{t\}\; qquad\; omega\_f^2\; =\; omega\_i^2\; +\; 2\; alpha\; (theta\_f\; -\; theta\_i)\; .$

Here $,!theta\_i$ and $,!theta\_f$ are, respectively, the initial and final angular positions, $,!omega\_i$ and $,!omega\_f$ are, respectively, the initial and final angular velocities, and $,!alpha$ is the constant angular acceleration. Although position in space and velocity in space are both true vectors (in terms of their properties under rotation), as is angular velocity, angle itself is not a true vector.

#### Point object in circular motion

This example deals with a "point" object, by which is meant that complications due to rotation of the body itself about its own center of mass are ignored.

Displacement. An object in circular motion is located at a position r (t ) given by:

- $boldsymbol\{r\}\; (t)\; =\; R\; mathbf\{u\}\_R\; (t)\; ,$

_{R}is a unit vector pointing outward from the axis of rotation toward the periphery of the circle of motion, located at a radius R from the axis.Linear velocity. The velocity of the object is then

- $boldsymbol\{v\}\; (t)\; =frac\{d\}\{dt\}\; boldsymbol\{r\}\; (t)\; =\; R\; frac\{d\}\{dt\}mathbf\{u\}\_R\; (t)\; .$

_{R}(by definition) is fixed, so its time dependence is entirely due to its rotation with the radius to the object, that is,- $frac\{d\}\{dt\}mathbf\{u\}\_R\; (t)\; =\; boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; mathbf\{times\; u\}\_R\; =\; omega\; (t)\; mathbf\{\; u\}\_\{theta\}\; ,$

_{θ}is a unit vector perpendicular to u_{R}pointing in the direction of rotation, ω (t ) is the (possibly time varying) angular rate of rotation, and the symbol × denotes the vector cross product. The velocity is then:- $boldsymbol\{v\}\; (t)\; =\; Romega\; (t)\; mathbf\{\; u\}\_\{theta\}\; .$

Linear acceleration. In the same manner, the acceleration of the object is defined as:

- $boldsymbol\{a\}\; (t)\; =\; frac\{d\}\{dt\}\; boldsymbol\{v\}\; (t)\; =\; Rfrac\{d\}\{dt\}omegamathbf\{\; u\}\_\{theta\}$

- $=mathbf\{\; u\}\_\{theta\}\; Rfrac\{d\}\{dt\}omega\; +\; Romegafrac\{d\}\{dt\}mathbf\{\; u\}\_\{theta\}$

- $=mathbf\{\; u\}\_\{theta\}\; Rfrac\{d\}\{dt\}omega\; +\; Romega\; boldsymbol\{Omega\}mathbf\{\; times\; u\}\_\{theta\}$

- $=mathbf\{\; u\}\_\{theta\}\; Rfrac\{d\}\{dt\}omega\; -\; mathbf\{\; u\}\_\{R\}omega^2R$

- $=mathbf\{a\}\_\{theta\}\; +\; mathbf\{a\}\_R\; ,$

_{θ}in the acceleration tangential to the orbit related to the angular acceleration of the object (supposing ω to vary in time) and a second term a_{R}directed inward from the object toward the center of rotation, called the centripetal acceleration.## Coordinate systems

In any given situation, the most useful coordinates may be determined by constraints on the motion, or by the geometrical nature of the force causing or affecting the motion. Thus, to describe the motion of a bead constrained to move along a circular hoop, the most useful coordinate may be its angle on the hoop. Similarly, to describe the motion of a particle acted upon by a central force, the most useful coordinates may be polar coordinates.### Fixed rectangular coordinates

In this coordinate system, vectors are expressed as an addition of vectors in the x, y, and z direction from a non-rotating origin. Usually i, j, k are unit vectors in the x-, y-, and z-directions.

The position vector, r (or s), the velocity vector, v, and the acceleration vector, a are expressed using rectangular coordinates in the following way:

- $boldsymbol\{\; r\}\; =\; x\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; +\; y\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\; +\; z\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; k\}\}\; ,\; !$

- $boldsymbol\{\; v\}\; =\; dot\; \{boldsymbol\{\; r\}\}\; =\; dot\; \{x\}\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; +\; dot\; \{y\}\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\; +\; dot\; \{z\}\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; k\}\}\; ,\; !$

- $boldsymbol\{\; a\}\; =\; ddot\; \{boldsymbol\{\; r\}\}\; =\; ddot\; \{x\}\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; +\; ddot\; \{y\}\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\; +\; ddot\; \{z\}\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; k\}\}\; ,\; !$

Note: $dot\; \{x\}\; =\; frac\{mathrm\{d\}x\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}$ , $ddot\; \{x\}\; =\; frac\{mathrm\{d\}^2x\}\{mathrm\{d\}t^2\}$

### Two dimensional rotating reference frame

This coordinate system expresses only planar motion. It is based on three orthogonal unit vectors: the vector i, and the vector j which form a basis for the plane in which the objects we are considering reside, and k about which rotation occurs. Unlike rectangular coordinates, which are measured relative to an origin that is fixed and non-rotating, the origin of these coordinates can rotate and translate - often following a particle on a body that is being studied.#### Derivatives of unit vectors

The position, velocity, and acceleration vectors of a given point can be expressed using these coordinate systems, but we have to be a bit more careful than we do with fixed frames of reference. Since the frame of reference is rotating, the unit vectors also rotate, and this rotation must be taken into account when taking the derivative of any of these vectors. If the coordinate frame is rotating at angular rate ω in the counterclockwise direction (that is, Ω = ω k using the right hand rule) then the derivatives of the unit vectors are as follows:- $dot\{hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\}\; =\; omega\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; k\}\}\; times\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; =\; omegahat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}$

- $dot\{hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\}\; =\; omega\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; k\}\}times\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\; =\; -\; omega\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}$

#### Position, velocity, and acceleration

Given these identities, we can now figure out how to represent the position, velocity, and acceleration vectors of a particle using this reference frame.##### Position

Position is straightforward:- $boldsymbol\{\; r\}\; =\; x\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; +\; y\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}$

It is just the distance from the origin in the direction of each of the unit vectors.

##### Velocity

Velocity is the time derivative of position:- $boldsymbol\{\; v\}\; =\; frac\{mathrm\{d\}boldsymbol\{\; r\}\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}\; =\; frac\{mathrm\{d\}\; (x\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\})\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}\; +\; frac\{mathrm\{d\}\; (y\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\})\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}$

By the product rule, this is:

- $boldsymbol\{\; v\}\; =\; dot\; x\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; +\; x\; dot\{\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\}\; +\; dot\; y\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\; +\; y\; dot\{\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\}$

Which from the identities above we know to be:

- $boldsymbol\{\; v\}\; =\; dot\; x\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; +\; x\; omega\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\; +\; dot\; y\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\; -\; y\; omega\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; =\; (dot\; x\; -\; y\; omega)\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; +\; (dot\; y\; +\; x\; omega)\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}$

or equivalently

- $boldsymbol\{\; v\}=\; (dot\; x\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\; +\; dot\; y\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\})\; +\; (y\; dot\{\; hat\; \{mathbf\{\; j\}\}\}\; +\; x\; dot\{hat\; \{mathbf\{\; i\}\}\})\; =\; boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\}\; +\; boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{r\}$

where v

_{rel}is the velocity of the particle relative to the rotating coordinate system.##### Acceleration

Acceleration is the time derivative of velocity.We know that:

- $boldsymbol\{\; a\}\; =\; frac\{mathrm\{d\}\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}\; boldsymbol\{\; v\}$

Consider the $stackrel\{frac\{\; mathrm\{d\}\; \}\; \{\; mathrm\{d\}\; t\; \}\}\{\}$$boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\}$ part. $boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\}$ has two parts we want to find the derivative of: the relative change in velocity ($boldsymbol\{\; a\}\_\{rel\}$), and the change in the coordinate frame ($boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\}$).

- $frac\{mathrm\{d\}\; boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\}\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}\; =\; boldsymbol\{\; a\}\_\{rel\}\; +\; boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\}$

Next, consider $stackrel\{frac\{mathrm\{d\}\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}\}\{\}$$(boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; timesboldsymbol\{\; r\})$. Using the chain rule:

- $frac\{mathrm\{d\}\; (boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; r\})\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}\; =\; dot\{boldsymbol\{Omega\}\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; r\}\; +\; boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; dot\{boldsymbol\{\; r\}\}$

- $dot\{boldsymbol\{\; r\}\}=boldsymbol\{\; v\}=boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\}\; +\; boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; r\}$ from above:

- $frac\{mathrm\{d\}\; (boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; r\})\}\{mathrm\{d\}t\}\; =$

So all together:

- $boldsymbol\{\; a\}\; =\; boldsymbol\{\; a\}\_\{rel\}\; +\; boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\}\; +$

And collecting terms:

- $boldsymbol\{\; a\}\; =\; boldsymbol\{\; a\}\_\{rel\}\; +\; 2(boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_\{rel\})\; +$

## Kinematic constraints

A kinematic constraint is any condition relating properties of a dynamic system that must hold true at all times. Below are some common examples:### Rolling without slipping

An object that rolls against a surface without slipping obeys the condition that the velocity of its center of mass is equal to the cross product of its angular velocity with a vector from the point of contact to the center of mass,

- $boldsymbol\{\; v\}\_G(t)\; =\; boldsymbol\{Omega\}\; times\; boldsymbol\{\; r\}\_\{G/O\}$.

### Inextensible cord

This is the case where bodies are connected by some cord that remains in tension and cannot change length. The constraint is that the sum of all components of the cord is the total length, and the time derivative of this sum is zero.## See also

- Statics
- Kinetics (physics)
- Kinematic coupling
- Applied mechanics
- Engineering
- Analytical mechanics
- Dynamics (physics)
- Classical mechanics
- Forward kinematics
- Inverse kinematics
- Motion
- Celestial mechanics
- Kepler's laws
- Orbital mechanics
- Centripetal force
- Fictitious force
- Chebychev–Grübler–Kutzbach criterion

## References and notes

## External links

- Java applet of 1D kinematics
- Flash animated tutorial for 1D kinematics
- Physclips: Mechanics with animations and video clips from the University of New South Wales
- KINEMATICS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND IIT JEE LEVEL
- KMODDL: Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library, Cornell University Library

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