We have learned about motion in a straight line and the three equations of motion. Now we will learn about motion in a plane. When we are talking about motion in plane, we are actually talking about motion in two dimensions, since two dimensions make a plane. So we are taking two axes in consideration, generally X-axis and Y-axis. In order to derive equations of motion in a plane we need to know about motion in one dimension.

The equations of motion in a straight line are:

\( v\)

\( s \)

\( v^2 \)

Where,

v = final velocity of the particle

u = initial velocity of the particle

s = displacement of the particle

a = acceleration of the particle

t = time interval in which the particle is in consideration

In a plane, we have to apply the same equations separately in both the directions: Y axis and Y-axis. This would give us the equations for motion in a plane.

\( v_y\)

\( s_y \)

\( v_y^2 \)

Where,

v_{y} = final velocity of the particle in y direction

u_{y} = initial velocity of the particle in y direction

s_{y} = displacement of the particle in y direction

a_{y} = acceleration of the particle in y direction

t = time interval in which the particle is in consideration

Similarly, for X-axis:

\(V_x\)

\(S_x\)

\(V_x^2\)

Where,

v_{x} = final velocity of the particle in x direction

u_{x} = initial velocity of the particle in x direction

s_{x} = displacement of the particle in x direction

a_{x} = acceleration of the particle in x direction

t = time interval in which the particle is in consideration

Watch this video to have a better and visual understanding of motion in a plane.

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Projectile motion is one of the most common examples of motion in a plane. In a projectile motion, the only acceleration acting is in the vertical direction which is acceleration due to gravity (g). Therefore, equations of motion can be applied separately in X-axis and Y-axis to find the unknown parameters. To know more about projectile motion watch the video give below:

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