1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

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


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

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