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--First I used a spark timer to mark a strip of paper with a clamp attached to it and let the strip free fall. Then I measured the distance of each mark made from the spark timer with a 2m stick and made a distance vs time graph from the data. I made a best fit polynomial line of degree 2 and found the equation of the fit line that turned out to have the form ___x^2+___x+___, where the ___ is where my coefficients are. I multiplied the x^2 coefficient by 2 to get acceleration.

One of the lab follow up questions asked me why I multiply that coefficient by 2 to get acceleration and I am totally stumped.

Can someone explain why multiplying by 2 gives accel?

thanks