 # Motion with Constant Acceleration

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Motion with Constant Acceleration
McNutt Physics – 09/16/2013

The Story so far…. The average velocity for any motion is
Where Δx is the displacement and Δt is the time interval. The instantaneous velocity v is the velocity the object has at a particular time. It is the average velocity over a very short time interval.

Position vs. Time for Constant Velocity Motion
If the velocity is constant, the instantaneous velocity is the average velocity. v = vAV The graph is a straight line. The position is given by the equation

Position vs. Time for Accelerated Motion
Here the average velocity is not constant. For the instantaneous velocity, take the average velocity over a very short time interval. Graphically, this is the slope of the tangent line of the graph.

Acceleration When velocity changes, we have an acceleration.
Velocity can change in magnitude or direction. Average acceleration is given by the formula:

Accelerations can be positive or negative in 1-d motion.
a or

Constant Acceleration Model
Accelerations can vary with time. Many situations in physics can be modeled by a constant acceleration. Constant acceleration means the object changes velocity at a constant rate. When dealing with a constant acceleration situation, we will drop the subscript “AV”.

Velocity vs. time for constant acceleration
aAV is the slope of the velocity vs. time graph. If the velocity vs. time graph is a straight line, the acceleration is constant. In this case, the formula for velocity is v (m/s) t (s)

Displacement on a Velocity vs. Time graph
Since and v is the height of the area under the velocity versus time graph, and t is the base of the velocity versus time graph, the area under a velocity versus time graph shows the displacement. Δx

Displacement for constant acceleration
The displacement from time 0 to time t is the area under the velocity graph from 0 to t. Area = ½ b h v (m/s) t (s)

Displacement for constant acceleration
If the initial velocity is not zero, we have to include a rectangular piece. Triangle Area = ½ b h Rectangle = l x w v (m/s) t (s)

Displacement for constant acceleration
If we don’t know vf, we can calculate it from a. Area =l w + ½ b h v (m/s) t (s)

Equations of Motion for Constant Acceleration
Now we have derived three equations that apply to the motion with constant acceleration model

Formulas for other time intervals
If the motion begins at some other time other than t = 0, then we simply replace t with the time interval Δt.

Practice 2D, p. 55 #2- An automobile with an initial speed of 4.3 m/s accelerates uniformly at the rate of 3.0 m/s2. Find the final speed and the displacement after 5.0 s. v t Constant Acceleration

Practice 2D, # 2, p. 55 v t

Practice 2D, p. 55 #3- A car starts from rest and travels for 5.0 s with a uniform acceleration of -1.5 m/s2. What is the final velocity of the car? How far does the car travel in this time interval?

One Other Equation for Constant Acceleration
All of the equations we have so far for this model involve time. Sometimes, we are not told the time over which the motion occurs. We can use two of these equations to eliminate time.

Equations for the Constant Acceleration Model

Practice 2C, p. 53 A jet plane lands with a speed of 100 m/s and can accelerate uniformly at a maximum rate of -5.0 m/s2 as it comes to rest. Can this airplane land at an airport where the runway is 0.80 km long?

Practice 2C, p. 53 #3 Constant Acceleration

Interpreting velocity vs. time graphs