Different Types of Motion with examples

Motion with examples:

When a body changes its position with time, the body is said to be in motion.
Example: A moving car, an airplane flying in the air, the earth revolving around the sun, etc are examples of moving objects.

Types of Motion:

There are mainly three types of motion.

  • Translation
  • Rotation
  • Complex Motion


If a body moves along a straight line, its motion is called translation. The motion of a freely falling body or the motion of a car along a straight line are examples of translation motion.


When an object moves in a circular path about a fixed point or an axis, the motion is called rotation. The axis is called the axis of rotation.

Complex Motion:

If a body exhibits translational as well as a rotational motion simultaneously then it is said to be in a state of complex motion.