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Finding average acceleration from data points of a velocity time graph?

  1. Nov 1, 2007 #1
    Well I posted this in the calculus section but think it would be answered easier here since it's mild calculus if any.

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm studying for a Calculus test and I am having trouble on a problem. And who better to ask than the members of physicsforums!?

    Basically, we are studying average acceleration, velocity, secant and tangent lines. We are given the graph of a function, and its corresponding data points.

    The question asks:
    "Find the average acceleration of the car, in f/s, over the interval 0<t<50.(The inequality signs are acutally "less than or equal to", but I don't know how to input such characters.)

    I'm aware that the derivative of a velocity time graph is its acceleration/time graph. So I assume that the slope of the line is the acceleration. Unfortunately, we are not permitted to fit a best line, or derive an equation. Is there another way of doing this? Thanks for any help.
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  3. Nov 1, 2007 #2

    Chi Meson

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    The average acceleration is simply the net change in velocity over the corresponding change in time. You just need to coordinates of the two data points at 0 and 50 s.

    This is the easy one.
  4. Nov 1, 2007 #3
    Wow, I just realized. I feel so dumb! Thanks a bunch.
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