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Animating Motion

Animating Motion

In a universe full of motion, change is inevitable. Luckily, we find that some motions—like a planet orbiting the sun—are relatively constant and repetitive, and obey natural laws that we can come to understand through measurement and mathematical principles. Kinematics is a branch in the study of physics which deals with the quantitative descriptions of motion. Understanding the motions which characterize certain objects allows us to deduce where objects might have been in the past and where they may be in the future, based just on our observation of the object's motion in the present.


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