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B Instantaneous speed without using calculus

  1. Mar 4, 2017 #1
    Say a particle cover y=t^2 distance.

    at t=1s total distance cover = 1m
    at t=2s total distance cover = 4m
    at t=3s total distance cover = 9m
    at t=4s total distance cover = 16m

    So the instantaneous speed at t=2s is 9 - 4 = 5m i.e 5m/s.

    To get the instantaneous speed at t=2s and t=3s, I take the instantaneous speed 5m/s at t=2s, as the average instantaneous speed between t=2s and t=3s as 5.

    So the instantaneous speed at t=2s and t=3s become 4m and 6m. Also the instantaneous speed

    at t=2.1s become 4.1
    at t=2.3s become 4.3 and so on.

    Here we get the instantaneous speed without using Δt→0. But I know to calculate instantaneous speed, calculus was invented.

    Thanks.

    [edit :]

    at t=2.1s become 4.2
    at t=2.3s become 4.6 and so on.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2017
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  3. Mar 4, 2017 #2

    phinds

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    wrong, it's 4.2
    wrong, it's 4.6

    And you get it incorrectly.

    Was there as question in all of this or did you just want to demonstrate incorrect extrapolation? :smile:
     
  4. Mar 4, 2017 #3
    correction .....
    at t=2.1s become 4.2
    at t=2.3s become 4.6 and so on.
     
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