Resource Lesson
Summary: Graph Shapes for Constant Velocity
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traveling at a constant speed in a positive direction
position-time
s-t
velocity-time
v-t
acceleration-time
a-t
On all of these graphs, notice that
the
slope of the position-time graph
"equals" the
height of the velocity-time graph
the
slope of the velocity-time graph
"equals" the
height of the acceleration-time graph
Also note that the first two position-time graphs, shown immediately above and below, could have been drawn in either quadrant since:
quadrant I represents motion in a positive location
quadrant IV represents motion in a negative location
traveling at a constant speed in a negative direction
position-time
s-t
velocity-time
v-t
acceleration-time
a-t
If requested, the
rectangular areas on the velocity-time graphs
bounded by the horizontal "blue" graphs and the x-axis "equal" the object's
displacement
during that time interval. The displacement would be
positive if calculated in quadrant I
and
negative if calculated in quadrant IV
. The displacement can also be calculated as the
difference in the heights on the position-time graph
for the same interval of time.
remaining at rest
position-time
s-t
velocity-time
v-t
acceleration-time
a-t
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