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Very Quick Force-Acceleration Graph Question

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Homework Statement



What quantity does the slope of a force-acceleration graph represent?

Homework Equations



N = kg*m/s/s

A=m/s/s

The Attempt at a Solution



Well since the slope = rise/run, and the y axis is the N and the x axis is the acceleration, the slope is therefore (kg*m/s/s)/(m/s/s) or simplified just kg.

So the slope represents simply the mass quantity expressed in kg?
 

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rock.freak667
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yes that is correct.
 
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But wouldn't that just be the units of the slope, kg, instead of what the slope actually means? Would the slope mean the mass of the object ... i am totally confused
 
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rock.freak667
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But wouldn't that just be the units of the slope, kg, instead of what the slope actually means? Would the slope mean the mass of the object ... i am totally confused
the slope gives the mass of the object. The slope is the same as finding F/a . From Newton's 2nd Law, if F=ma then m=F/a
 

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