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Homework Help: Given a graph

  1. Feb 5, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    The figure below depicts the motion of a particle moving along an x axis with a constant acceleration. What are the magnitude and direction of the particle's acceleration?

    Can anyone explain to me where to begin on this one? It's a graph of position of time. It's concave up going through points (0,-2), (1,0), and (2,6).

    The answer should be in m/s^2. It also lets me choose between -x, +x, -y, and +y for direction.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    We didn't do any examples of this in class. I'm not sure where to begin on this one. Of course I don't expect an exact answer, but can someone walk me through it with an explanation. I know x(t)'= v(t) and x(t)"= v(t)'= a(t).
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  3. Feb 5, 2009 #2


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    One thing you could try is to fit a curve to these three data points and then use the differentiation formulas you wrote down to find the acceleration of the particle.
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