Kinematics is the science of motion that treats motion without regard to the forces which cause it. Within the science of kinematics, one studies position, velocity, acceleration, and all higher order derivatives of the position variables (with respect to time or any other variable(s)). Hence, the study of the kinematics of manipulators refers to all the geometrical and time-based properties of the motion.

Source: “Introduction to Robotics” by John J. Craig

The study of kinematics is often referred to as the geometry of motion.

Source: Kinematics article at Wikipedia

Relation to Kinetics

In physics and engineering, kinetics is a term for the branch of classical mechanics that is concerned with the relationship between the motion of bodies and its causes, namely forces and torques.

Source: Kinetics article at Wikipedia

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