2AccelerationAcceleration is defined as the rate at which velocity changes.Acceleration is large when there is a large velocity change in a small time interval.The ratio is called the average acceleration between the 2 times.
3Units of acceleration Acceleration is Relative. Velocity is measure in meters per second, m/s, so acceleration is measured in m/s/s or m/s2.Since position and velocity are vectors, so is acceleration.In straight-line motion, acceleration can be positive or negative.
4Acceleration Practice Problems The velocity of a car increases from 2.0 m/s at 1.0 s to 16 m/s at 4.5 s. What is the car’s average acceleration?A car goes faster and faster backwards down a long driveway. We define forward velocity as positive, so backward velocity is negative. The car’s velocity changes from -2.0 m/s to -9.0 m/s in a 2.0-s time interval. Find its acceleration.
5AnswersGiven: Unknown: a v1 = 2.0 m/s Equation: v2 = 16 m/s t1 = 1.0 s t2 = 4.5 sSolution: 14 m/s = 4.0 m/s s
6Answers Given: Unknown: a V1 = -2.0 m/s Equation: V2 = -9.0 m/s Dt = 2.0 sSolution:-9.0 m/s – (-2.0 m/s) = -7.0 m/sA = -7.0 m/s = -3.5 m/s22.0 s
7Negative Acceleration Negative acceleration can be 1 of 2 things.The object could be slowing down and have a negative acceleration or the object could bespeeding up but moving in a negative direction.
8Uniform Acceleration vf = vi + at Acceleration that does not change in time is uniform or constant acceleration.A velocity-time graph of constant acceleration is a straight line.Initial velocity (v1) is the velocity at time = 0s. The slope of the line is the acceleration, a, so the equation that describes the curve is:vf = vi + at
9Final Velocity After Uniform Acceleration Ex: If a car with a velocity of 2.0 m/s at t = 0 accelerates at a rate of +4.0 m/s2 for 2.5 s, what is its velocity at time t = 2.5 s?Given: vi =2.0 m/s Unknown: vfa = 4.o m/s2t = 2.5 sSolution: vf = 2.0 m/s + (4.0 m/s2)(2.5 s)= 12 m/s
10Displacement When Velocity and Time are Known To find the displacement if the object is uniformly accelerating, the velocity is replace by the average velocity. d = ½ (vf + vi)tOn a velocity-time graph for an object with constant acceleration, the displacement if the total area under the curve.
11Displacement When Acceleration and Time are Known If the initial velocity, acceleration, and time interval are known, the displacement of the object can be found by combining equations already used. d = vit + ½ at2Example: A car starting from rest accelerates uniformly at 6.1 m/s2 for 7.0 s. How far does the car move?
12Solution Given: Unknown: Vi = 0 m/s d = ? a = 6.1 m/s2 t = 7.0 s d = (0 m/s)(7.0 s) + ½ (6.1 m/s2)(7.0 s)2Answer: 150 m
13Displacement When Velocity and Acceleration are Known The equations for final velocity and displacement can be combined to form an equation relating initial and final velocities, acceleration, and displacement in which times does not appear.Vf2 = vi2 + 2adExample: An airplane must reach a velocity of 71 m/s for takeoff. If the runway is 1.0 km long, what must the constant acceleration be?
14Solution Given: Unknown: Vi = 0 m/s a = ? Vf = 71 m/s d = 1 km or 1000 mSolution: (71m/s)2 = (0 m/s)2 + 2a(1000 m)5041 m2/s2 = 2000(a) m(5041 m2/s2 )/(2000m) = aa = 2.52 m/s2
15Acceleration Due to Gravity Galileo was the first to show that all objects fall to Earth with a constant acceleration.No matter what the mass of the object is or what height it is dropped from, the acceleration due to gravity is always the same.Acceleration due to gravity is called “g” and is always negative (it pulls objects downward).
16The Value of “g”On the surface of Earth, a freely falling object has an acceleration, g, or -9.8 m/s2.Actually, g varies slightly from m/s2 in southern Florida to m/s2 in northern Maine.The value of g is also smaller at high altitudes; g = m/s2 on Pike’s Peak.The value of g would be higher at sea level.
17Freely Falling Objects Ex: The time the Demon Drop ride at Cedar Point, Ohio is freely falling in 1.5 s. A. What is its velocity at the end of this time? B. How far does it fall?Given: Unknown:g = -9.8 m/s2 vf = ?vi = 0 m/st = 1.5 s
18Solution vf = 0 + (-9.8 m/s2)(1.5 s) vf = -15 m/s d = vit + ½ (-9.8 m/s2)(1.5 s)2d = 0 + (-11 m)d = -11 mNegative displacement indicates downward motion.