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Homework Help: What does the graph look like if a = 0?

  1. Nov 16, 2004 #1
    For the equation x = xo + vot + (1/2)at^2, what does a graph of x versus t look like? What does the graph look like if a = 0?
     
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  3. Nov 16, 2004 #2
    1. parabolic
    2. linear
     
  4. Nov 16, 2004 #3
    if a = 0 it would look like a linear graph as in / considering v0 doesn't equal zero or is negative
    otherwise it would look like x^2 just that it's moved to the left:


    a+bx+cx^2:
    Code (Text):

       |  ||
       |  ||
       \__|/
    ______|_
          |
     
    x^2:
    Code (Text):

       | | |
       | | |
       \_|_/
    _____|___
         |
     
     
  5. Nov 16, 2004 #4
    When there is acceleration, the graph would be parabolic because of the t^2

    when a=0, there is only velocity and so the graph would be only a linear slope
     
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