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Velocity and Acceleration


The definitions of velocity and acceleration for an object moving along a horizontal line are deceptively simple. Velocity is the time rate of change of the position and acceleration is the time rate of change of velocity. But it takes some skill to reconstruct an actual 1D motion from graphs of an object's velocity or acceleration components as a function of time. In this activity you'll practice relating various types of graphs to a specific motion.


In this activity, you will

  • Study the motion of a robotic toy car.
  • Use Logger Pro video analysis tools to determine characteristics of the car's position and velocity.

Software for Experiment

This experiment uses Logger Pro software for video analysis. The video for analysis is included with the lab book.

Experiment 5 from Physics with Video Analysis Lab Book

<em>Physics with Video Analysis</em> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

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