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Name _____________________________________

PHYSU 121: Principles of Physics I Test 1 9/26/2008
Dr. R. A. Di Dio / Chestnut Hill College

I. Kinematics Graphs
1. Sketch a velocity time-graph that shows an object...
a) Standing still
b) Moving towards the origin at constant velocity
c) Reversing direction
d) Increasing speed at a steady rate

2. A velocity vs. time graph for an object moving along the x-axis is shown in the figure below.
a) Plot a graph of the acceleration versus time.
b) Determine the average acceleration of the object in the time interval 0.0 s to 3.0 s.



v (m/s)

0 1 2 3 4
t (s)


3. For the graph of x vs. t below,
a) Sketch the shape of the corresponding v vs. t and a vs. t graphs.
b) Describe in words how you would have to walk to create these x(t) graphs.
c) Describe the nature of the motion (rest, constant velocity or constant acceleration; moving
toward or away from the origin).
x (m)

t (s)

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