Motion types in Motion and Time – Class 7 Science Experiment

Chapter Name: Motion and Time

Activity Name: Motion types in Motion and Time

Activity Description:

Motion types in Motion and Time - Class 7 Science Experiment

In this experiment, we will observe the motion of different bodies and classify them into three categories: Rotatory (R), Translatory (T), and Translatory and Rotatory (TR). The objective is to understand the different types of motion exhibited by objects.

Required Items:

  1. Various objects (e.g., a spinning top, a car, a rolling ball, a swinging pendulum, etc.)

Step by Step Procedure:

  1. Set up the experiment by gathering the objects that will be used to demonstrate different types of motion.
  2. Ensure that you have a clear and open space to allow the objects to move freely.
  3. Perform the following observations one by one: a. Observe the motion of the spinning top. b. Observe the motion of the car as it moves on a flat surface. c. Observe the motion of the rolling ball. d. Observe the motion of the swinging pendulum. e. Observe any other relevant object with distinct motion.

Experiment Observations:

  1. Spinning top – Rotatory (R)
  2. Car on a flat surface – Translatory (T)
  3. Rolling ball – Translatory and Rotatory (TR)
  4. Swinging pendulum – Translatory and Rotatory (TR)
  5. [Any other object] – [Classify its motion]


  1. Ensure the objects used in the experiment are safe and do not cause any harm.
  2. Keep the experimental area clear to avoid any obstructions during the observations.
  3. Handle the objects carefully to maintain their integrity and functionality.

Lesson Learnt from Experiment:

Through this experiment, we learned that different objects exhibit different types of motion. Some objects display pure rotational motion (R), where they spin about a fixed axis, while others show translational motion (T), where they move along a straight path.

Additionally, some objects display a combination of both rotational and translational motion (TR), like the rolling ball and swinging pendulum. The experiment highlights the diversity of motion types that can be observed in various objects.

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