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# What does a curved line represent on a time vs distance graph?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### June 09, 2010 4:30AM

The curved line on a time vs. distance graph represents that the object is accelerating.

## Related Questions

###### 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
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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.