What x vs. t Graphs Can Tell You

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What x vs. t Graphs Can Tell You To describe the motion of a particle along a straight line, it is often convenient to draw a graph representing the position of the particle at different times. This type of graph is usually referred to as an x vs. t graph. To draw such a graph, choose an axis system in which time is plotted on the horizontal axis and position on the vertical axis. Then, indicate the values of at various times . Mathematically, this corresponds to plotting the variable as a function of . An example of a graph of position as a function of time for a particle traveling along a straight line is shown below. Note that an x vs. t graph like this does not represent the path of the particle in space. Now let's study the graph shown in the figure in more detail. Refer to this graph to answer Parts A, B, and C. Part A What is the total distance traveled by the particle? Hint A.1 Total distance Hint not displayed Hint A.2 How to read an x vs. t graph Hint not displayed Express your answer in meters.
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2010 for the course PHYSCIS k62895 taught by Professor Mr.k during the Spring '10 term at Seneca.

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