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Concepts of Mechanics for JEE Advanced Physics

Mechanics is a branch of physics that deals with energy and forces and their effect on bodies. As far as JEE Advanced exam is concerned, this chapter covers a vast amount of topics and is thus a very important chapter. This chapter requires conceptual understanding as well as numerical skills to score good marks in JEE Advanced.

In Mechanics, we learn about one dimensional and two dimensional and practical applications of newton’s laws of motion and force system in mechanics. Concepts related to kinetic energy and potential energy are also discussed in detail along with the work-energy theorem.

Problems related to rotational dynamics and gravitation are also important in Mechanics. Concepts related to the properties of solids and liquids as well as thermodynamics are included in this chapter mechanics. 

Now, let us see what is mechanics, mechanics definitions, laws of mechanics, important concepts and formulae related to JEE advanced exams along with a few solved examples.

JEE Advanced Physics Chapters 2024

JEE Advanced Physics Chapters


General Physics


Electromagnetic Waves 






Thermal Physics


Modern Physics


Electricity and Magnestism

Important Topics of Mechanics Chapter

  • Motion along two dimension

  • Laws of motion

  • Mass Pulley system

  • Work done by a constant force and variable force

  • Kepler’s Law of planetary motion

  • Stress-strain curve

  • Rotational motion

  • Bernoulli’s theorem

  • Laws of thermodynamics

Mechanics Important Concept for JEE Advanced

Name of the Concept

Key Points of Concept

1. Kinematic equations in one-dimensional motion

  • Equations of motions for uniformly accelerated motion is given by,

  • $v=u+at$

  • $s=ut+\dfrac{1}{2}at^{2}$

  • $v^2=u^2+2as$

Where u is the initial velocity, v is the final velocity, a is the acceleration and t is the time taken.

  • The instantaneous velocity and instantaneous acceleration of a body is given by the formula,



  • For motion under gravity, take acceleration as 9.8 m/s2

  • While applying equations of motion in motion under gravity, take one direction positive and the opposite direction. For eg: If you take upward direction as positive, then take upward velocity as positive and acceleration due to gravity in the downward direction negative.

2. Graphs for one-dimensional motion

  • Displacement-time graph

The slope of a displacement time graph gives velocity.

Displacement-time graph

  • Velocity-time graph

The slope of a velocity-time graph gives the displacement covered by the body.

Velocity-time graph

  • Acceleration-time graph

The area under the curve of the acceleration time graph gives the change in velocity.

Acceleration-time graph

3. Motion along two-dimension

  • When the motion of a body is along a plane, it is called two-dimensional motion. Examples are  Projectile motion and circular motion.

  • In a projectile motion, the body moves under the influence of gravity.

The body moving under the influence of gravity

  • The range of the projectile motion is given by,

$R=\dfrac{u^2\sin (2\theta)}{g}$

  • Time of flight is the total time taken by the body to reach back to the ground.

$T=\dfrac{2u\sin (\theta)}{g}$

  • Maximum height of the projectile motion is given by,

$R=\dfrac{u^2\sin^2 (\theta)}{2g}$

Where u is the velocity at which the body is projected, θ is the angle of projection and g is the acceleration due to gravity. 

  • In a uniform circular motion, an object travels in a circular path at a constant speed.

An object traveling in a circular path at a constant speed

  • The relation between linear velocity (v) and angular velocity (⍵) of a particle moving in a circle of radius r is,


  • Angular acceleration is the rate of change of angular velocity with respect to time.


  • The relationship between linear acceleration (a) and angular acceleration (α) is


4. Relative Velocity

  • Relative velocity is the velocity of an object with respect to another moving or stationary object. It is a fundamental concept for understanding the motion of objects in different reference frames.

\[v_{AB} = v_A - v_B\]

5. Laws of Motion

  • Newton’s first laws of motion state that a body continues to be in a state of rest or state of uniform motion along a straight line until and unless an external unbalanced force is acting on it.

  • According to newton’s second law, the net force acting on a body is equal to the rate of change of momentum.

$\vec F=\dfrac{d\vec P}{dt}=m\vec a$

  • Newton’s third law of motion states that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

  • While dealing with problems related to laws of motion, always draw the free body diagram and write equations using the laws of motion of the free body mechanism. 

  • Law of Conservation of momentum: The total momentum of a system is conserved if the external force acting on the system is zero

  • Friction: It is the force that opposes the relative motion between two surface in contact.

  • Friction is independent of area of contact and depends on the normal force acting between the two surface.

  • The formula  for static friction and kinetic friction is given below



  • Static friction is a self adjusting force

6. Inertial and Uniformly Accelerated Frames of Reference

  • Inertial frames of reference are those where Newton's laws of motion hold true without needing to introduce fictitious forces. Uniformly accelerated frames are ones where an observer experiences a constant acceleration.

7. Static and Dynamic Friction

  • Friction is a force that opposes the relative motion or tendency of such motion between two surfaces in contact. Static friction acts on stationary objects, while dynamic (kinetic) friction opposes the relative motion between moving surfaces.

8. Mass Pulley system

  • For a mass pulley system as shown below, the magnitude acceleration for both blocks will be same.

Mass pulley system

  • Tension acting on the string is given by,


  • The acceleration of each block is given by,


9. Work done by a constant force and variable force

  • Work is a scalar quantity and the work done by a constant force is given by,

$W=\vec F\cdot \vec d$

$W= Fd\cos\theta$

Work done by a constant force and variable force

  • Work done by a variable force is given by,

$W=\int Fds$

  • The area under the curve of force-displacement graph also gives the work done by the force.

  • Work- Energy theorem: It states that work done by net force on a body is equal to change in kinetic energy.

10. Conservation of Linear Momentum and Mechanical Energy

  • Conservation of Linear Momentum states that the total momentum of a closed system remains constant if no external forces are acting on it. 

  • Conservation of Mechanical Energy states that the sum of kinetic and potential energies remains constant if no external work is done on the system.

  • Key formulas: 

Linear Momentum:

\[p = mv\]

Conservation of Momentum:

\[P_{\text{initial}} = P_{\text{final}}\]

Conservation of Mechanical Energy:

\[KE_{\text{initial}} + PE_{\text{initial}} = KE_{\text{final}} + PE_{\text{final}}\]

11. Impulse and Collisions

  • Impulse is the change in momentum of an object when a force is applied to it. 

  • Collisions can be elastic (kinetic energy conserved) or inelastic (kinetic energy not conserved).

  • Key formulas:


\[J = \Delta p = F \cdot \Delta t\]

Coefficient of Restitution:

\[e = \frac{v_{\text{relative after}}}{v_{\text{relative before}}}\]

12. Rotational motion

  • Parallel axis theorem: The theorem of parallel axis states that the moment of inertia of a body about an axis parallel to an axis passing through the centre of mass is equal to the sum of the moment of inertia of body  about an axis passing through centre of mass and product of mass and square of the distance between the two axes.

Parallel axis theorem


  • Perpendicular axis theorem: This theorem states that the moment of inertia of a planar body about an axis perpendicular to its plane is equal to the sum of its moments of inertia about two perpendicular axes concurrent with the perpendicular axis and lying in the plane of the body.

Perpendicular axis theorem


  • The torque required to rotate a body having moment of inertia(I) with an angular acceleration(⍺) is given by,


  • The anglular momentum of a rotating body is given by, 


  • The condition for a body to be in pure rolling motion is given by,


13. Hooke's Law

  • Hooke's law states that the force required to extend or compress a spring by some distance is directly proportional to that distance. This can be mathematically expressed as:



  • F is the force applied to the spring.

  • k is the spring constant (a measure of stiffness).

  • x is the displacement from the equilibrium position.

14. Young’s Modulus

  • Young’s modulus (Y) measures the stiffness of a material and quantifies its ability to deform under an applied force. The formula for Young's modulus is:

$Y=  \dfrac{\dfrac{F}{A}}{\dfrac{\Delta L}{L}}$


  • F is the force applied to the material.

  • A is the cross-sectional area.

  • ΔL is the change in length.

  • L is the original length

15. Gravitation

  • The gravitational force acting between two bodies m_1 and m_2 is given by


  • Acceleration due to Gravity of Earth below the Earth’s Surface is given by

Acceleration due to Gravity of Earth


  • Acceleration due to Gravity of Earth above the Earth’s Surface is given by,

Acceleration due to Gravity of Earth above the Earth’s Surface


  • The gravitational potential energy between two masses is given by,


  • Escape velocity is the minimum velocity required for a body to escape from the gravitational field of the earth.


16. Kepler’s Law of planetary motion

  • Kepler's Law consists of three laws.

  • Law of Orbits: All planets move in elliptical orbits with the Sun situated at one of the foci of the ellipse.  

Law of Orbits

  • Law of Areas: The line that joins any planet to the sun sweeps equal areas in equal intervals of time.

  • Law of Periods: The square of the time period of revolution of a planet is proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of the ellipse traced out by the planet.

Law of Periods

17. Geostationary Orbits

  • A geostationary orbit is one in which a satellite orbits the Earth at the same rotational speed as the Earth itself. The satellite appears to remain stationary relative to a fixed point on the Earth's surface.

18. Escape Velocity

  • Escape velocity is the minimum velocity required for an object to break free from a celestial body's gravitational pull. It is given by:

$V_e = \sqrt{\dfrac{2GM}{R}}$


  • V_e  is the escape velocity.

  • G is the universal gravitational constant.

  • M is the mass of the celestial body.

  • R is the radius of the celestial body.

19. Pressure, Pascal’s Law, and Buoyancy

  • Pressure in a Fluid: Pressure (P) in a fluid is defined as the force (F) applied perpendicular to the surface divided by the area (A) over which the force is applied:


  • Pascal’s Law: Pascal’s law states that a change in pressure applied at any point in an enclosed fluid is transmitted undiminished throughout the fluid.

  • Buoyancy: Buoyancy is the upward force exerted by a fluid on an object submerged in it. It is given by Archimedes' principle, which states that the buoyant force is equal to the weight of the fluid displaced by the object.

20. Stress-strain curve

  • The behaviour of a material can be studied using stress-strain curve.

Stress-strain curve

  • The curve obeys Hooke’s law in the region from O to A. According to Hookes law. Stress is proportional to strain.

  • In the stress-strain curve given above, the point A corresponds to proportional limit.

  •  The yield point or elastic limit is the point upto which the wire shows elastic behaviour and the point B corresponds to the yield point.

  • The stress corresponding to the yield point is called yield strength.

  • Beyond point B, it loses its elastic behaviour and does not regain its original length even after deforming force is removed.

  • The stress corresponding to point  D is called ultimate strength.

21. Archimedes principle

  • According to Archimedes principle, whenever a body is fully or partially submerged in liquid, it experiences a net upward force which is equal to the weight of the liquid displaced.

Archimedes principle

  • The formula to calculate the buoyancy force is given by,

$F_B=\rho_l Vg$

Where ⍴l is the density of the liquid, V is the volume of the body immersed in the liquid and g is the acceleration due to gravity.

  • A body will float in a liquid if the buoyancy force acting on the body is equal to the weight  of the body.

22. Bernoulli’s theorem

  • According to Bernoulli’s theorem, the total energy per unit volume of an incompressible fluid always remains constant at any point of the fluid.

$P+\rho gh+\dfrac{1}{2}\rho v^2=\text{constant}$

Bernoulli’s theorem

$P_1+\rho gh_1+\dfrac{1}{2}\rho v_1^2=P_2+\rho gh_2+\dfrac{1}{2}\rho v_2^2$

23. Laws of thermodynamics

  • It states that heat given to a system(ΔQ) is equal to the change in internal energy(ΔU) and work done by the system(ΔW).

$\Delta Q=\Delta U+\Delta W$

Laws of thermodynamics

  • Second law of thermodynamics:

  • Clausius statement: It is not possible to construct a device that operates on a cycle and produces no other effect than transferring heat from a colder body to a hotter body 

  • Kelvin- Plancks statement: It is impossible to design an engine operating in cycles that absorb heat and deliver the equivalent amount of work.

24. Carnot engine and refrigerator

  • Carnot engine is an ideal heat engine designed by french engineer Carnot.

  • The working substance in the Carnot engine undergoes a cyclic process called carnot cycle.

Carnot cycle

  • Area of the P-V graph of  carnot cycle gives the work done during one cycle.

  • The efficiency of the carnot cycle is given by,


  • A refrigerator is a device that transfers heat energy from colder body to a hotter body by doing some external work on it.

A refrigerator

  • The coefficient of performance of a refrigerator (C.O.P) is given by,



Mechanics is divided into three following categories:

  • Statistical mechanics

  • Classical mechanics   

  • Quantum mechanics

Statistical Mechanics

The word static in statistical means stable or at rest. So, statistical mechanics deals with the static objects on which the force is applied. Statistical mechanics combines the principles of statistics with both classical and Quantum Physics.

In today’s era, one of the fundamental concepts (pillars) of Modern Physics is statistical mechanics. Statistical mechanics that treats and explains classical thermodynamics is statistical thermodynamics.

Let’s say, there is ‘N’ number of system of particles in thermal equilibrium at absolute temperature T, the energy E is associated with each particle, then the energy for ‘N’ particles will be:

N (E) = g (E) f (E)


N (E) = total energy of all the particles in a system.

g (E) = Number of state of energy (E) or the statistical weight regarding the energy

We call f (E) the distribution function.

f (E) has two more meanings:   

  • It is the average number of particles in each state of energy (E).   

  • Probability/chance of occupancy of each state of energy (E).

Statistical mechanics help us determine how macroscopic properties, viz: temperature and pressure are related to macroscopic properties that keep on varying on an average.

As we know classical thermodynamics can only measure and tabulate the quantities (heat capacity) of certain materials; however, statistical mechanics connects these thermodynamic quantities to microscopic behavior.

Classical Mechanics

Classical mechanics deals with the objects in motion under the influence of a force or the equilibrium bodies whose all forces are balanced.

We can think of classical mechanics as the explanation of basic postulates of Isaac Newton mentioned in his book named Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica (1687), commonly known as the Principia.

We call these postulates Newton’s laws of motion. These laws help us forecast with great accuracy a wide variety of phenomena ranging from the motion of individual particles to the interactions of highly complicated systems.

The core concepts in classical mechanics are force, mass, and motion. Newton couldn’t define both mass and force. Since then these both have been the subject of much philosophical observation for Newton. However, both of these are best known for their effects.

Applying the first law of motion, we can say that mass is a measure of the tendency of a body to resist changes in its state of motion, while the force accelerates bodies, i.e., when it is applied to the body, it changes the state of motion of the body. The interconnection between these two effects is what we call classical mechanics.

Quantum Mechanics

Quantum mechanics is the theory of science that studies the behavior of matter and light on the atomic and subatomic levels.

Quantum mechanics is the fundamental tool that helps to understand the theoretical stage and the electronic structure of chemical compounds and their mechanism, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and kinetics of chemical reactions.

Quantum mechanics attempts to describe and look for the properties of molecules and atoms and their constituents, viz: electrons, protons, neutrons, and many other esoteric particles such as quarks & gluons; these attributes involve the interactions of particles (at the microscopic level) with each other and with electromagnetic radiations such as light-rays, X-rays, and gamma-rays.

List of Important formulas for Mechanics Chapter

Si. No

Name of the Concept



Addition and subtraction of two vectors

$|\vec A  +\vec B|=\sqrt{A^2+B^2+2AB\cos\theta}$

$|\vec A  -\vec B|=\sqrt{A^2+B^2-2AB\cos\theta}$

Where A and B are the magnitude of the two vectors at an angle θ.


The motion of a body projected from the top of a tower

The motion of a body projected from the top of a tower

The trajectory of the body is given as


Where y is the vertical displacement and x is the horizontal displacement. 


The average velocity of the body in a journey that covers two equal distances with two different speeds


Where u and v are the two different speeds by which the body covers two equal distances.


The displacement covered in nth second of a uniformly accelerated body


Where u is the initial velocity, a is the acceleration and Sn is the displacement covered by the body in the nth second.


Maximum safe speed for a a car moving in a circular track

$v_{max}=\sqrt{\mu Rg}$


Potential energy stored in a stretched string



Moment of inertia of a disk



Moment of inertia of a ring



Moment of inertia of a solid sphere



Work done in stretching a strain

Work done in stretching a wire having young’s modulus(Y) under a force (F) is given by the formula,

$W=\dfrac{1}{2}\dfrac{YA\Delta l^2}{l}$


Thermal stress on a rod fixed between two rigid supports.

$\text{Thermal stress }=Y\alpha\Delta T$

Where ⍺ is the coefficient of linear expansion and ΔT is the change in temperature


Equation of continuity


Where A1 and A2 are the area of cross section of the pipe at the two ends and V1 and V2 are the corresponding velocity of the fluid.

Equation of continuity


Velocity of efflux

Velcoity of water flowing out from the container is given by,


Velocity of efflux


The height of capillary rise inside a tube

$h=\dfrac{2S\cos\theta}{\rho rg}$

The height of capillary rise inside a tube

JEE Advanced Mechanics Solved Examples 

1. A bomb of mass30 kg at rest explodes into two pieces of masses 18 kg and 12 kg. The velcoity of 18 kg mass is 6 m/s. The kinetic energy of the other mass is ________.


The total momentum of the bomb before and after exploision is constant.


$0=18\times 6+12\times v_2$

$v_2=-9~ m/s$

The kinetic energy of the mass having 12 kg is given by,


$K=\dfrac{1}{2}\times 12\times 9^2$


Therefore, kinetic energy of the other mass is 486 J

Key Point: The total momentum is conserved in the case of explosion of a bomb.

2. The instantaneous angular position of a point on a rotating wheel is given by the equation, $\theta(t)=2t^3-6t^2$ . The torque on the wheel becomes zero at ______. 


We can find the equation of angular velocity from the angular position as given below,




The equation for angular acceleration of the point is obtained by,




The torque becomes zero when angular acceleration becomes zero




Therefore, torque becomes zero at t =1 s.

Key Point: Differentiating angular velocity with respect to time gives angular acceleration.

Previous Year Questions from JEE Advanced Paper

1. A wire which passes through the hole in a small bead, is bent in the form of quarter of a circle. The wire is fixed vertically on the ground as shown in the figure. The ball is released from near  the top of the wire and it slides along the wire without any friction. As the bead moves from A to B, the force it applies on the wire is  (JEE Advanced 2010)

Set up of the wire and bead

  1. Radially outwards

  2. Always radially inwards

  3. Radially outwards initially and radially inwards later.

  4. Radially inwards initially and radially outwards later.


Free body diagram of the bead

Applying newton’s second law of motion equation,


Applying conservation of energy,


Using equation (1) and (2),


So, N is positive when 

$0\lt \theta\lt \cos^{-1}\left(\dfrac{2}3{}\right)$

N is negative when 

$\theta\gt \cos^{-1}\left(\dfrac{2}3{}\right)$

Therefore, force exerted  on the wire by the bead is radially inwards initially and radially outwards later. So, correct answer is option (D)

Key Point: For a body to move in a circular path, there must be a centripetal force acting on it.

2. Two identical uniform discs roll without slipping on two different surfaces,  AB and CD starting at A and C with linear speeds v1 and v2 respectively, and always remain in contact with surfaces. If they reach B and D with same linear speed v1= 3 m/s and v2= ______.(JEE Advanced 2015)

Rolling of two discs


Both discs reach B and D with same speed. Hence, final kinetic energy is same for both disc.

Applying conservation of energy,

For first disc,


For second disc,


Solving equation (1) and equation (2), we get,



Key Point: The total mechanical energy is constant if the work is done only by the conservative force.

Practice Questions

  1. A constant torque of 1000 Nm turns a wheel of moment of inertia 200 kgm2 about an axis through its centre. Its angular velocity after 3 seconds is  (Ans: 15 rad/s)

  2. For a satellite moving in an orbit around the earth, the ratio of kinetic energy to the potential energy is (Ans: 1:2)

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In the realm of JEE Advanced, the chapter on Mechanics stands as a pillar of scientific principles and problem-solving prowess. It unravels the laws that govern motion and forces in the physical world. Mechanics forms the backbone of physics, engineering, and countless scientific disciplines. A deep understanding of this chapter not only paves the way for success in the examination but also fosters a profound appreciation of the fundamental principles that shape our understanding of the universe. Aspiring students venture into a realm where abstract concepts transform into practical solutions, creating a solid foundation for advanced studies and real-world applications.

FAQs on Mechanics Chapter - Physics JEE Advanced

1. What is the weightage of mechanics in JEE Advanced?

Nearly 25% questions are asked in the JEE Advanced exam from this chapter. Mechanics is one of the most important topics and fundamental topic in JEE Advanced. 

2. What is the difficulty level of Mechanics in JEE Advanced exam?

Theory of Mechanics is a vast topic and one of the fundamentals of physics required for JEE advanced. The mixed concepts from different types of mechanics topics  can also asked by relating to other topics of JEE Asvanced. Students who are good in mechanics can score good marks in JEE advanced.  Overall, mechanics is a moderate difficult which becomes easier with proper practise and effort. It is better if yo keep mechanics of structure pdf readily available for reference.

3. Are previous year's questions Important for JEE Advanced?

Yes, previous year's JEE Advanced questions are important. Once the student is finished learning concepts and solving problems, they must go through the previous year's question papers the last 20 years to understand the test pattern and frequent questions asked in the exam.