# What does the area under a distance vs time graph represent?

1. Sep 16, 2007

### BlackWyvern

What does the area under a distance vs time graph represent?

The units would be ms. Other than that, I have no idea. Thanks.

2. Sep 16, 2007

### BlackWyvern

I just found that there is a thing called Absement, which may very well be what I'm looking at. It's units are length x distance.

3. Sep 16, 2007

Let us know what you find if anything. I was thinking of the same thing last night.

Casey

4. Sep 16, 2007

### BlackWyvern

5. Sep 16, 2007

### bob1182006

There's a small bit of an article on wikipedia that talks about high order derivatives of position (jerk, crackle, pop), and low order derivatives (high order integrals) (absement, absity,abserk).

Some applications of absement seem interesting.

6. Sep 16, 2007

Look at the chart of derivatives! It goes even farther than the -1th!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivatives_of_displacement#Absement_versus_presement [Broken]

Edit: Holy Simultaneous Triple Reply Batman!

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7. Sep 16, 2007

### BlackWyvern

Yeah, that's where I found the term, completely by accident as searching for 'area under displacement time curve' was generally finding the string "area under velocity time curve is displacement".

Still is a little confusing to me though.