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Understanding Graphs of Motion - Chapter Summary
The informative lessons in this chapter are designed to quickly and effectively strengthen your comprehension of graphs of motion. Feel confident in your knowledge of the ways in which graphs are used to analyze relationships related to distance. Upon completion of this chapter, you will be ready to:
- Explain how motion is described using position vs. time graphs
- Discuss ways to determine slope for position vs. time graphs
- Describe how velocity vs. time graphs are used to describe motion
- Detail how acceleration can be determined using the slope of a velocity vs. time graph
- Share ways to use graphs of straight line motion to describe the movement of an object
This chapter's self-paced format enables you to choose lessons you'd prefer to study at any given time. Since lessons are available 24 hours a day, you can ensure your test preparations perfectly align with your schedule. Use the quizzes that accompany the lessons to find out how well you understand their contents. Our practice exam offers a broader review of graphs of motion to help you feel confident in your ability to excel on your test.
1. Using Position vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion
Describing motion with graphs can be a simple, yet powerful tool in your physics arsenal. In this lesson, we begin by looking at the basic position vs. time graph.
2. Determining Slope for Position vs. Time Graphs
Simply looking at a position vs. time graph can tell you a lot about straight line motion, but doing a few basic calculations can tell you even more. In this lesson, we will learn how to use the slope of the line to determine average velocity.
3. Using Velocity vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion
In this lesson, we will look at an example of a velocity vs. time graph. By examining the shape of the graph, it is possible to accurately describe the motion of an object, even if that motion is very complex.
4. Determining Acceleration Using the Slope of a Velocity vs. Time Graph
In this lesson, we will learn how to use the slope of the line on a velocity vs. time graph to calculate the acceleration of an object in straight line motion.
5. Understanding Graphs of Motion: Giving Qualitative Descriptions
You can just look at graphs of straight line motion and accurately describe how that object is moving. In this lesson, we will investigate the basic shapes the graphs can take and what conclusions you can draw from these shapes.
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