Ch 31: Calculus Applications: Velocity & Acceleration

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Let us help you prepare for an upcoming exam or class assignment with this helpful chapter on calculus acceleration and velocity. Use these video and text lessons to cover all the subjects you'll need to understand to ace the exam.

Calculus Applications: Velocity & Acceleration - Chapter Summary

The informative lessons in this chapter explain velocity and acceleration as they're used in calculus. Your study includes the definition and formula used for acceleration, the equation used for velocity and the comparison between rate of change and velocity. Other topics include how displacement of an object is determined using velocity and time. Once you complete these lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Use the equation for vertical velocity
  • Calculate acceleration due to gravity using a formula
  • Analyze linear motion using differentiation
  • Compare acceleration and velocity as functions

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8 Lessons in Chapter 31: Calculus Applications: Velocity & Acceleration
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What is Acceleration? - Definition and Formula

1. What is Acceleration? - Definition and Formula

This lesson describes the difference between speed, velocity and acceleration. Examples are used to help you understand the concept of acceleration and learn to calculate acceleration with a mathematical formula.

Velocity in Math: Definition, Equation & Problems

2. Velocity in Math: Definition, Equation & Problems

Velocity in math is similar to speed, with only one difference. Learn what that difference is, how to write velocity, and how to calculate velocity problems.

Velocity and the Rate of Change

3. Velocity and the Rate of Change

Running from your little sister or just window-shopping, your speed is just a measure of how fast you move, or how your position is changing over time. In this lesson, learn about how velocity is a rate of change.

Velocity vs. Time: Determining Displacement of an Object

4. Velocity vs. Time: Determining Displacement of an Object

There is a lot of information you can determine by looking at a velocity vs. time graph. In this lesson, we will use a little geometry to calculate the displacement of the object represented by the graph.

Vertical Velocity: Definition & Equation

5. Vertical Velocity: Definition & Equation

In this lesson we will look at vertical velocity and why it is very different from horizontal velocity. You will learn the equation used to calculate vertical velocity and learn to apply it to a few situations.

Calculating Acceleration Due to Gravity: Formula & Concept

6. Calculating Acceleration Due to Gravity: Formula & Concept

You have no doubt seen gravity work in your life. After all, it is the force that keeps your feet on the ground! This lesson explores the acceleration a body experiences due to gravity and provides details of the mechanics behind it.

Using Differentiation to Analyze Linear Motion

7. Using Differentiation to Analyze Linear Motion

Derivatives have many practical applications, including modeling linear motion. In this lesson, learn how to use differentiation to analyze linear motion by finding the velocity and acceleration of a moving particle.

Velocity & Acceleration as Functions

8. Velocity & Acceleration as Functions

The velocity and acceleration of a particle can be expressed as mathematical functions of time. In this lesson, you will learn about how these functions are developed and how to use them.

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