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Average acceleration is the rate at which velocity changes.

 

Average acceleration is the change in velocity divided by an elapsed time. For instance, if the velocity of a marble increases from 0 to 60 cm/s in 3 seconds, its average acceleration would be 20 cm/s/s (or 20 meters per second, for every second it travels) . This means that the marble’s velocity will increase by 20 cm/s every second. See the table below:

 

Time (Seconds)

Velocity (cm/s)

0

0

1

20

2

40

3

60

4

80

 

 

Here is the formula we will use:

 

Average Acceleration = http://www.mansfieldct.org/schools/mms/staff/hand/lawsaveaccel2003_files/image003.gif Velocity

                                       * Time

 

* = “change in” or “difference of”

 

Here is another way of looking at the formula:

 

Average Acceleration =

http://www.mansfieldct.org/schools/mms/staff/hand/lawsaveaccel2003_files/image009.gif Velocity = v2 – v1

* Time         t2 – t1

Where V2 is the Final Velocity and V1 is the Starting Velocity and

t2 is the Final Time and t1 is the Starting Time

 

http://www.mansfieldct.org/schools/mms/staff/hand/lawsaveaccel2003_files/image011.gif

 


Sample problem) At 12:00, a rocket begins to accelerate from 20 mph. At 12:05 the rocket is traveling at 280 mph. What is the acceleration of the rocket?

 

Average Velocity =

http://www.mansfieldct.org/schools/mms/staff/hand/lawsaveaccel2003_files/image015.gif Distance = d2 – d1

280 mph – 20 mph

= 260 mph

52 mph/min

 

* Time          t2 – t1

5 min – 0 min

5 min

 

 

 

 

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