Motion and Time: Class 7 Science NCERT Chapter 13

Key Features Of NCERT Material for Class 7 Science Chapter 13 –   Motion and Time 

In the last chapter 12, you learned about reproduction in plants. In this chapter, you will learn about Motion and Time.

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In our every day life schedule, we normally observe a few articles very still and others moving like winged creatures fly, fish swimming, planets moving around the sun, and so on., are all moving. At the point when an article changes its situation with time, we frequently see an item to be moving, for example at the point when the situation of a vehicle changes with time, we state that the vehicle is moving or the vehicle is moving. 

Sorts of Motion 

The movement of the apparent multitude of items are not of a similar sort. There are four unique sorts of movement appeared by the changed articles. 

Rectilinear movement: The movement controlled by the body moving along a straight line way, is called rectilinear movement, for example the movement of a train on a straight extension. 

Roundabout movement: The movement controlled by a body when it moves along a round way, is called roundabout movement, for example the movement of a kid in a carousel, movement of the earth around the sun in a round circle. 

Rotational movement: The movement controlled by a body when it turns about a fixed hub, is called rotational movement, for example the movement of the earth about its hub, turning top, the movement of cutting edges of a fan. 

Intermittent movement: The movement which rehashes itself after ordinary timespans, is called occasional movement, for example the movement of the swing, back and forth movement of a basic pendulum. 

Slow or Fast Motion 

An item which sets aside a long effort to cover a specific separation is known as moderate while the other article which sets aside shorter effort to cover a similar separation is known as quick, for example on the off chance that your school is a good ways off of 5 km from your home and you need to go to class by bike, at that point it might take around 25 min to arrive at the school and on the off chance that you go to class by school transport, at that point a similar separation can be shrouded uniquely in 10 min. It implies that a bike takes a more extended time than the transport. Accordingly, the most helpful approach to figure out which of the two items is moving quicker is to look at the separation moved by them in a unit time which is known as speed. 


The separation went by an item for every unit time (either in 60 minutes, in one moment or in one second) is known as speed of the article. A sluggish item is said to have a low speed and a quick moving article is said to have fast. In this way, on the off chance that we realize the separation canvassed by two transports in a single hour, at that point we can answer which one is more slow. In this way, the equation for computing the speed of an article can be given by 

Speed = Distance/Time

for example In the event that a vehicle voyages a separation of 100 km in 2 h, at that point the speed of this vehicle is given by 

Speed =100/2 =  50 km/h 

It shows that the vehicle will travel a separation of 50 km in 1 h. It doesn’t make a difference if a vehicle only from time to time moves with a consistent speed for one hour as it begins moving gradually and afterward gets a move on. Thus, when we state that the vehicle is moving with a speed of 50 km/h, at that point we don’t trouble whether the vehicle has been moving with a consistent speed or not during that hour. In this manner, the speed determined here is the normal speed of the vehicle. 

Non-Uniform and Uniform Motions 

In regular day to day existence, we only from time to time discover objects moving with a consistent speed over significant distances or for iong lengths of time. On the off chance that the speed of an article moving along a straight line blares changing, its movement is supposed to be non-uniform movement. Then again, an item moving along a straight line with a consistent speed is supposed to be in uniform movement. For this situation, the normal speed is equivalent to the genuine speed. 

Units of Speed 

The unit of speed relies on the unit of separation and the unit of time utilized. The meter is the standard unit of separation and second is the standard unit of time. Thus, the standard unit of speed is meter every second (m/s). The huge estimations of speed are communicated in kilometer every hour (km/h) and for this situation, the separation voyaged is estimated as far as kilometer and time taken is estimated in 60 minutes. The little estimations of speed are communicated in centimeter every second (cm/s) and for this situation, the separation voyaged is estimated regarding centimeter and time taken is estimated in second. 

On the off chance that we need to analyze the paces of various articles, at that point we should communicate the paces of every one of those items in a similar unit. 

Estimation of Time 

A length or second where things happen is known as time. With the assistance of tickers and watches, we by and large measure time. It is extremely hard to imagine that how did the individuals in antiquated time measure times as they didn’t have timekeepers or watches. 

So as to quantify the time, antiquated individuals utilized some characteristic occasions which rehashed normally after fix time stretches, for example they found that the sun rises each day in the first part of the day. Along these lines, the time between one dawn and the following I was known as a day. Likewise, time starting with one full moon then onto the next full moon was. called a month. A year was fixed as the time taken by the earth to finish one transformation of the sun. Many time estimating gadgets were utilized in various pieces of the world before the pendulum timekeepers got well known. Sundials water timekeepers and sand tickers are a few instances of such gadgets. 


(I) A sundial estimates time by the situation of the shadow cast by the sun. 

(ii) The gadget which utilizes the progression of sand starting with one glass bulb then onto the next so as to quantify time is known as a sand clock 

(iii) A gadget which utilizes the rate at which water dribble starting with one vessel then onto the next measure time stretch is known as a water clock 

Simple Pendulum 

A  simple straightforward pendulum comprises of a little metal ball called weave which is suspended by a long string from inflexible help with the end goal that bounce is allowed to swing to and fro. The back and forth movement of a straightforward pendulum is a case of occasional or oscillatory movement. Galileo was the principal individual to consider the movement of a pendulum.


A pendulum finishes each swing or each wavering in the very same time gave its length ought to be kept consistent. The pendulum is said to have finished one wavering when its bounce beginning from its mean position F, moves to D, to E and back to F. The pendulum additionally finishes one swaying when its bounce moves from one outrageous position D to the next extraordinary position E and return to D. Thus, the time taken by the pendulum to finish one wavering is called its timeframe. The timeframe of a pendulum relies upon its length. The length of a pendulum is the length of string from the purpose of suspension to the focal point of the weave. 

Note: Galileo tried different things with different pendulums to confirm his perception. He found that a pendulum of a given length thinness consistently a similar opportunity to finish one wavering. This perception prompted the advancement of pendulum tickers. Winding tickers and wristwatches were refinements of the pendulum timekeepers. 

Units of Time 

Second is the fundamental unit (or standard unit) of estimating time and it is spoken to by image s. The bigger units of time are moment and hour. 

for example 1 h = 60 min and 1 min = 60 s 

Various units of time are utilized relying upon the need, for example so as to communicate the more drawn out time stretch, the greater units of time are utilized, for example day, month and year. 

for example 1 day = 24 h, multi month = 30 days and 1 year = a year 

Note: Nowadays, most timekeepers or watches have an electric circuit with at least one cells. These tickers are called quartz timekeepers. The time estimated by quartz tickers is substantially more precise than that by the timekeepers accessible prior.

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