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!

Velocity versus time graph

  1. Nov 1, 2006 #1
    what does a vertical line in a velocity versus time graph imply?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 1, 2006 #2


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    Is you set the velocity axis to be horizontal, and the time axis to be vertical, then a vertical line implies constant velocity. :smile:

    Else, it doesn't imply anything, since that set of points is not even a function.
  4. Nov 1, 2006 #3
    oops...should have given out that info. hmm..the velocity axis is horizontal, whereas time is vertical....in this situation, what does the vertical line imply?
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2006
  5. Nov 1, 2006 #4
  6. Nov 1, 2006 #5
    oops, human error.
  7. Nov 1, 2006 #6


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    The other thread has been deleted. Please note that it is explicitly mentioned in the PF Guidelines that everyone has agreed to that multiple posting is not allowed.

  8. Nov 1, 2006 #7


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Suppose the vertical part of the graph occurs at [itex] x_0 [/itex].

    What is the velocity at [itex] x_0 - \delta [/itex] ?

    What is the velocity at [itex] x_0 + \delta [/itex] ?

    Ok, now what has happened at the verical portion of the graph?
  9. Nov 2, 2006 #8
    I suppose that could only happen if the velocity at that time was infinite, as otherwise the vertical line would have an upper limit to it.
    It would also mean that the velocity of whatever you're measuring just jumped instantly with no time for acceleration, which would be highly unusual.

    In other words, if I saw such a graph, the first things I would check would be the veracity of the data and the validity of the math.
  10. Nov 4, 2006 #9


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    That something was wrong with the data or how the graph was plotted. As mentioned, maybe the axis got reversed (velocity is horiztonal, time is vertical).
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook