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Meaning of area under a acceleration vs mass curve

  1. Oct 8, 2011 #1
    If I graph acceleration vs mass for constant force but variable mass experiment, shouldn't the area under the curve be the force? How do i determine the constant force from the graph?
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 8, 2011 #2
    The area under the curve is not the force. The area equals the integral [itex] \int {\frac{F}{m}dm}[/itex].

    In general when you make a graph of a function f(x) vs x then the area under the curve is NOT xf(x) it is rather the integral [itex] \int f(x)dx[/itex]
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2011
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