Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

How do you isolate the t-variable in the acceleration formula

  1. Oct 3, 2006 #1
    acceleration = delta-v / delta-t

    How do I isolate delta-t?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 4, 2006 #2


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    via integration

    [tex]\int \frac{1}{a}dv = \int dt \ + \ C[/tex]
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2006
  4. Oct 4, 2006 #3
    delta v / acceleration = delta t
  5. Oct 4, 2006 #4

    Andrew Mason

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    If you are given the distance travelled, as I suspect is the case, and if there is constant acceleration, use:

    [tex]v_0\Delta t + \frac{1}{2}\Delta v\Delta t = d[/tex]

    This is easy to see using a v-t graph (in which the area under the graph is the distance).

Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook