Calculating Deceleration: Definition, Formula & Examples


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In which of the following situations is the object decelerating?

I. You throw a ball up into the air. The ball is moving upward until it reaches maximum height.

II. You drop a ball from a cliff. The ball falls to the ground.

III. A hockey puck slides to a halt on the ice.

2. The initial speed of a cart is 15 m/s. After 3 seconds, it has a new speed of 6 m/s. What is the cart's deceleration?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of how to calculate deceleration. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the fundamental characteristics of deceleration.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The fundamental characteristics of deceleration
  • The relationship between the initial speed of a cart and deceleration
  • Identifying situations involving deceleration
  • How to find the deceleration of an object in a given problem

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as deceleration
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related how to calculate deceleration lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding how to calculate deceleration and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how to calculate deceleration

Additional Learning

To learn more about the factors involved in finding deceleration, review the corresponding lesson Calculating Deceleration: Definition, Formula & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the idea behind vector quantity
  • Identify the fundamental characteristics of deceleration
  • Know the relationship between negative numbers and deceleration
  • Learn how to identify situations involving deceleration
  • Appreciate how to find the deceleration of an object in a given problem