Physics Review QuestionUnit:
work and energyYear:
1996 Question#:
3Question:
The graph represents the relationship between speed and time for a car moving in a
straight line. The magnitude of the car's acceleration is (1
) 1.0 m/s^{2}(2
) 0.10 m/s^{2}(3
) 10. m/s^{2}(4
) 0.0 m/s^{2}What is this question really asking?
Explanation by: Becky G [ Return to question menu
]Answer 1
1.0 m/s ^{2}INCORRECT Speed is measured in tens on the graph. 1.0 m/s would mean you probably used one tenth of a second instead of 1 sec. Remember, acceleration can be thought of as the slope of a speed vs. time graph, or change in speed divided by change in time. return to top
Answer 2
0.10 m/s ^{2}INCORRECT The number 0.10 m/s ^{2} would be much too small.
Remember, acceleration can be thought of as the slope of a speed vs. time graph, or
change in speed divided by change in time.
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Answer 3
10. m/s ^{2}CORRECT 10. m/s ^{2} is correct becausetaking the slope of the line gives you this value regardless of
what two points you choose to use for change in speed (y) divided by the change in
time (x) .
Remember, acceleration can be thought of as the slope of a speed vs. time graph, or
change in speed divided by change in time.
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Answer 4
0.0 m/s ^{2}INCORRECT 0.0 m/s ^{2} is wrong because 0.0 m/s^{2} would indicate the speed is not changing, but clearly the graph shows a changing
speed, so it must have some acceleration.
Remember, acceleration can be thought of as the slope of a speed vs. time graph, or
change in speed divided by change in time.
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What's this question really asking?
Can you read a graph? Do you realize that the slope of a speed vs time graph is acceleration? Can you calculate slope from the graph? -or- use the acceleration formula? return to top |

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