Graphical analysis

Purpose: To visualize the relationship between displacement, velocity, and time through graphical analysis.

A fundamental job of physics is to describe the motion of an object. In order to do this, you need basic elements such as displacement, velocity, and time to depict it. In this activity, you will investigate how constant-paced linear motion is depicted and how you can calculate the velocity. First, practice using the worksheet with the sample problem below. Use the Unit I Project Worksheet (SeeAttached) for this unit.

For the sample problem, let’s use a simple case. Let’s assume that you are walking from your house at a constant pace for 100 seconds to get to the 100 meter-mark, and you come back to your house at the same pace.

Please click on the following link for a video with detailed instructions on how to plot the relationship between time and distance and how to obtain the velocity.

Video Instructions for Conceptual Experiment A

You can also use the  PDF of the Instruction Conceptual Experiment presentation for further instructions on graphing the data.

After practicing with the sample problem, read the instructions and problem on the worksheet, and complete it using the given data. In the worksheet, complete the graph, fill in the table, and answer the questions. Submit the completed worksheet for grading.

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