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Math and Arithmetic
What does a curved line represent on a time vs distance graph?
Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Physics, Kinematics
Is the distance-time graph for acceleration always a straight line?
Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Physics
What is represented by a single point on a curved line in a distance time graph showing accelerated motion?
instantaneous acceleration * * * * * No it does not. The graph is a distance-time graph so the coordinates of a point on the graph represent the position (distance) at the specified time. The gradient of the tangent to the curve at that point represents the instantaneous radial velocity. The second derivative at that point, if it exists, would represent the acceleration.
Asked in Physics, Science Experiments
What kind of line on a distance-versus-time graph indicates that the objects is accelerating?
Any curved line on a distance/time graph indicates the presence of acceleration that's causing a change in the magnituide of the velocity. But if the object's speed is constant, and the acceleration is changing its direction only, then the line on the D-T graph would remain straight. In summary: Every curved line on a D-T graph reveals acceleration, but not every acceleration produces a curved line on a D-T graph.