Day 31: Does Area of a Velocity-Time Graph Always Equal Displacement?


Students used motion detectors to test this out for a variety of scenarios. First they did it with a constant speed buggy to verify experimentally what we had already established during the Constant Velocity unit. Then they looked at new scenarios where the velocity was changing:

  • A cart rolling down hill.
  • A tissue box that speeds up (due to a push) then slows down (due to friction).
  • A cart that moves across the table, hits a rubber band barrier, and returns back.

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HS Physics Teacher constantly questioning my teaching.

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