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Speed vs. Time Graphs

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**What does a Speed v. Time graph show?**

Shows how the speed (or velocity) of an object is changing over a given period of time.

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**What does a horizontal line mean?**

A horizontal line means that the object is moving at a constant speed. Draw the distance v. time graph as well!

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**What does a sloped line mean?**

A sloped line means that the objects speed is changing over time, or accelerating. A negative slope means the object is decelerating, or slowing down. Draw the distance v. time graph as well!

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What is slope equal to? The slope of the line is equal to the acceleration of the object. Which object is the image to the right has the greatest acceleration?

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**What if my graph is in the negative quadrant?**

This means that the object is coming back to the origin.

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**How do I calculate the distance traveled?**

The distance traveled is equal to the area under the curve. What was the distance traveled from this graph?

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Summary Write a two to three sentence summary of your notes.

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Left Side Activity Then draw the appropriate distance v. time graph to go with this speed v. time graph.

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