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Unit 3 Motion at Constant Acceleration Giancoli, Sec 2- 5, 6, 8 © 2006, B.J. Lieb

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t (s)v ( m/s)a ( m/ s 2 ) Example 3-1 Consider the case of a car that accelerates from rest with a constant acceleration of 15 m / s 2 starting at t 1 = 0. We see that velocity increases by 15 m/s every second and is thus a linear function of time. Unit 3- 2

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Derivation of Equations for Motion at Constant Acceleration In the next 4 slides we will combine several known equations under the assumption that the acceleration is constant. This process is called a derivation. It will produce four equations connecting displacement, velocity, acceleration and time. You will use these equations to solve most of the problems in Units 3,4 and 7. Unit 3- 3 Skip Derivation

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Derivations Much research in Physics requires derivations. In more advanced courses students are required to be able to perform derivations on tests and homework In this course you will need to know the initial assumptions, the resultant equations and how to apply them. You do not need to memorize derivations. But I could ask you to derive an equation for a specific problem. This is very similar to an ordinary problem without a numeric answer. Unit 3- 4

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Motion at Constant Acceleration - Derivation Consider the special case acceleration equals a constant: a = constant Use the subscript “0” to refer to the initial conditions Thus t 0 refers to the initial time and we will set t 0 = 0. At this time v 0 is the initial velocity and x 0 is the initial displacement. At a later time t, v is the velocity and x is the displacement In the equations t 1 t 0 and t 2 t Unit 3- 5

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Motion at Constant Acceleration - Derivation The average velocity during this time is: The acceleration is assumed to be constant From this we can write Unit 3- 6

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Motion at Constant Acceleration - Derivation Because the velocity increases at a uniform rate, the average velocity is the average of the initial and final velocities From the definition of average velocity And thus Unit 3- 7

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Equations for Motion at Constant Acceleration The book derives one more equation by eliminating time The notation in the equations has changed At t = 0, x 0 is the displacement and v 0 is the velocity At a later time t, x is the displacement and v is the velocity Unit 3- 8

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Example 3-2. A world-class sprinter can burst out of the blocks to essentially top speed (of about 11.5 m/s) in the first 15.0 m of the race. What is the average acceleration of this sprinter, and how long does it take him to reach that speed? (Note: we have to assume a=constant) Unit 3-9

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Graphical Analysis of Linear Motion Unit Consider the graph of x vs. t. The graph is a straight line, which means the slope is constant. The slope of the line is the rise (Δy) over the run (Δx). If we compare this with the definition of velocity, we see that the slope of the x vs. t graph is the velocity.

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Graphical Analysis of Linear Motion v is the slope of position vs. time graph. Since the graph is not linear, we draw a tangent line at each point and find slope of the tangent line. Thus a is the slope of velocity vs. time graph. Unit The graphs describe the motion of a car whose velocity is changing:

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Example 3-3: Calculate the acceleration between points A and B and B and C. Unit 3- 12

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Example 3-4. A truck going at a constant speed of 25 m/s passes a car at rest. The instant the truck passes the car, the car begins to accelerate at a constant 1.00 m / s 2. How long does it take for the car to catch up with the truck. How far has the car traveled when it catches the truck? When the car catches the truck: Unit 3- 13

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Example 3-4: Graphical Interpretation In order to understand the solution to example 4, we can graph the two equations: The graph of the truck (red) is linear because the velocity is constant. The car is accelerating so its graph (blue) is quadratic. The two curves intersect at t = 50 s which agrees with the solution. They intersect at x ~ 1250 m which also agrees. The slopes of the two graphs at t = 50 s indicate that the car is traveling twice as fast as the truck. Unit 3- 14

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Unit 3 Appendix Unit Photo and Clip Art Credits Some figures electronically reproduced by permission of Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey Giancoli, PHYSICS,6/E © Slide 3-2 Drawing:Copyright © Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc, reproduced with permission 3-9 Sprinter: Microsoft Clipart Collection, reproduced under general license for educational purposes Graphs: Copyright © Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc, reproduced with permission 4-11 Graph: Copyright © Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc, reproduced with permission 4-4 Photo:Copyright © Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc, reproduced with permission 4-4 Graph: Copyright © Pearson Prentice Hall, Inc, reproduced with permission 4-5, 6, 7 Soccer Kicker: Microsoft Clipart Collection, reproduced under general license for educational purposes. 4-8, 9 Photo of Leaning Tower of Pisa: Microsoft Clipart Collection, reproduced under general license for educational purposes.

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Quadratic Equation Unit A quadratic equation is a polynomial equation of the second degree (one term is squared). The general form of a quadratic equation is where a, b and c are constants and a is not equal to zero. You will need to arrange your equation in this form in order to determine the numeric value of a, b and c. Often this semester, the unknown variable will be t instead of x. and These solutions are usually combined using the ± symbol: The solutions can be equal ( if b 2 = 4 a c ). If they are not equal, you will often need to select the solution that makes sense for the problem. A quadratic equation has two solutions or roots:

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