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Linear motion illustrated with distance-time and velocity-time graphs.The equations of motion derived and explained,with many worked examples including problems about objects falling under gravity.

Linear motion illustrated with distance-time and velocity-time graphs.The equations of motion derived and explained,with many worked examples including problems about objects falling under gravity.

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Linear Motion

Mechanics

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Linear Motion : Uniform Acceleration

IntroductionTo understand this section you must remember the letters representing the variables:

u

- initial speed

v

- final speed

a

- acceleration(+) or deceleration(-)

t

- time taken for the change

s

- displacement(distance moved)It is also important to know the

S.I. units

(

Le Système International d'Unités

) forthese quantities:

u

- metres per second (ms

-1

)

v

- metres per second (ms

-1

)

a

- metres per second per second (ms

-2

)

t

- seconds (s)

s

- metres (m)in some text books 'speed' is replaced with 'velocity'. Velocity is more appropriate whendirection is important.Displacement-time graphsFor a displacement-time graph, the gradient at a point is equal to the

speed

.

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Linear Motion

Mechanics

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Speed-time graphsFor a speed-time graph, the area under the curve is the distance travelled.The gradient at any point on the curve equals the acceleration.Note, the acceleration is also the second derivative of a speed-time function.Equations of MotionOne of the equations of motion stems from the definition of acceleration:acceleration = the rate of change of speed

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Linear Motion

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rearrangingif we define the distance 's' as the average speed times the time(t), then:rearrangingrearranging (isubtracting these two equations to eliminate

v

it is left to the reader to show that :hint: try multiplying the two equations instead of subtractingsummary:

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