Vertical intercept of an Acceleration Force Graph

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Homework Statement


What is the vertical intercept of an acceleration force graph mean?


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The mass of an object with no force applied?
That's my guess. Any advice and tips appreciated.
 

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ideasrule
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What acceleration force graph? If it's F=ma, why shouldn't the y-intercept be 0?
 
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cepheid
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Let's say you plot acceleration vs. force so that acceleration is on the vertical axis and force is on the horizontal axis.

The vertical axis' horizontal position occurs where the quantity measured on the horizontal axis is zero. In other words, to be on the vertical axis, the force must be zero.

Therefore, the vertical intercept is the acceleration value corresponding to zero force.
 

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