Kinematic Graphing - Mission KG4 Detailed Help

Determine the slope (in m/s) of the line on the graph. 

Include a numerical answer (no units) accurate to the second decimal place. If negative, include the - sign.


Position-Time Graphs:
Position versus time graphs represent changes which occur in an object's position with respect to time. The slope of the line is the velocity (change in position divided by the change in time) of the object.

There are two lines on this graph - that is, two sections with different slopes. You are being asked to determine the velocity at a time which corresponds to the first section on the graph. This means that when you apply the method described in the Math Magic section, you pick coordinates for two points on the first line shown on the graph.

The Minds On Physics program calculates answers accurate to the fourth decimal place. Your answer does not need to be that accurate. The program will allow you to have a deviation of approximately 0.05 from the right answer without being wrong. This means you should enter your answer to at least the second decimal place.

The task of determining the slope of the line on a graph involves:
  1. Pick two points on the line and determine their x-y coordinates. It is critical to select points whose coordinates are clearly known and not simply guessed at.
  2. Based on the coordinates of these two points, determine the amount of rise of the line between the two points. The rise is the change in the y-coordinate for the line as it stretches from the first selected point to the last point.
  3. Determine the amount of run of the line between the two points. The run is the change in the x-coordinate for the line as it stretches from the first selected point to the last point.
  4.  Calculate the ratio of rise to run: slope rise/run.
  5. Check the sign on your slope value to insure its accuracy. A downward sloping line has a negative slope.


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