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It means the velocity is constant.

Acceleration

Motion at constant speed.

The slope of [distance vs. time] is [speed]. If the slope is constant, then the speed is constant,meaning the magnitude of acceleration is zero.(The direction of velocity might still be changing though, which wouldn't show up on the graph.)

Yes it does. Velocity = Displacement / Time. On a graph of displacement vs time, the slope is the velocity. Steeper slope = higher velocity, flatter slope = lower velocity.

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It means that the velocity is constant, or not changing.

The slope of a position/time graph is the speed (magnitude of velocity).If the graph's slope is changing, that means the speed is changing, andthat would be accelerated motion.

It means the velocity is constant.

Assuming the graph is for displacement versus time, the motion should be constant velocity. If velocity versus time motion is constant acceleration

distance = velocity x time so on the graph velocity is slope. If slope is zero (horizontal line) there is no motion

That slope is the 'speed' of the motion. If the slope is changing, then the speed is changing. That's 'accelerated' motion. (It doesn't matter whether the speed is growing or shrinking. It's still 'accelerated' motion. 'Acceleration' does NOT mean 'speeding up'.)

The motion at constant speed.

Acceleration

Motion at constant speed.

instantaneous velocity

The slope of [distance vs. time] is [speed]. If the slope is constant, then the speed is constant,meaning the magnitude of acceleration is zero.(The direction of velocity might still be changing though, which wouldn't show up on the graph.)

Position-Time GraphYou can graph motion on a position vs time graph. On a position vs time graph, position is on the y-axis and time is on the x-axis. If the velocity is constant, the graph will be a straight line and the slope is average velocity. If the motion is accelerating, the graph will be a curved line.Velocity-Time GraphYou can also graph motion on a Velocity-Time graph. On a velocity vs time graph, velocity is on the y-axis, time is on the x-axis. If the graph is a straight line, velocity is constant and the slope is average acceleration. Also, on a velocity vs time graph, the area under the line is displacement.Refer to the related link for illustrations of the different graphs of motion and their meanings.