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Calculating Velocity

  1. Sep 4, 2010 #1
    I've been trying to figure out this problem but for some reason I can't get the right answer. I'm not sure if I'm reading the graph values wrong or if I'm using the wrong formula.

    1. A bowler rolls a bowling ball down a lane. A plot of the position versus time graph is shown. What is the velocity (in m/s) of the bowling ball at 3.0 seconds?

    2. I thought it would just be the slope, so s = rise/run, so s = 7m/3s or s = 6m/3s

    3. I keep getting 2.3 m/s

    I know this is an easy question, I just can't get it =( I've tried playing around with the x and y values, I've tried using the book examples, I tried notes examples, I've tried asking my friends who've taken physics before -This problem is driving me insane.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2010
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 4, 2010 #2
    Your approach seems correct, I think that maybe the values you are reading off the graph are a bit inaccurate. The value you have for time, t=3s, is good, since that is given, but I would say that the distance the ball has traveled at t=3s is closer to 7.5m or 8m rather than the 7m that you used in your calculation. Hope this helps.
  4. Sep 4, 2010 #3
    It was 7.5, thanks!
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