In certain cases, motion is observed indirectly. For example, the movement of dust and leaves on a tree denotes the flow of air from one place to another; the wonderful phenomena of sunrise and sunset show the Earth's rotation, and the change of seasons every year shows the motion of the Earth around the Sun.
Motion of the Earth around the Sun
While travelling on a train, the trees on the sides seem to be moving backwards. Have you ever noticed this? If so, do you think the same will apply to a person standing near the tree?
The answer will be, NO!
When we are sitting on a train that is actually at rest, sometimes it appears to move. As motion is relative, if the objects outside the train move, our eyes perceive it in a way that we are moving.
The roadside trees seem to be moving backwards to travellers sitting on a moving bus. Standing on the side of the lane, the other person sees the bus and its passengers moving. In the meanwhile, a passenger onboard notices that his fellow passengers are resting.
An object can appear to be moving for one person, while it seems to be stationary for another. Hence, motion is a relative phenomenon.
A moving bus
Now we know the motions are relative; then let us see the classifications of the motions.
Type of motion
What is it?
The object moves along a straight line.
A car travelling in straight road.
The object travels in a circular path.
Movement of artificial satellite orbiting the earth.
Periodic or oscillatory motion
Objects that are in repeated motion for equal intervals of time.
The pendulum of a clock.
Motions are complex sometimes. Objects may move in a straight line or a circle. Sometimes, it may rotate or even vibrate. In certain situations, it can be a combination of all of these.