The position of an object along a straight tunnel as a function of time is plotted below:
1. Are there any time intervals in which the object has a negative acceleration? If so, list them and explain how you know.
2. Calculate the instantaneous velocity at t=20s and t-45s.
The Attempt at a Solution
So, for the first question I stated that at 30s to 37s the object's velocity is decreasing, thus the acceleration is negative. However, I was told that this is only part of the interval. What am I missing?
For the second question I did the following calculations:
at 20s = (6 m)/(20s) = 0.3 m/s
at 45s = (16m)/(45s) = 0.36 m/s
I did get the instantaneous velocity at 20s correct but not the instantaneous velocity at 45 s. Where am I going wrong?
Thanks for your assistance.