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Students often find it difficult to tell the difference between displacement-time graphs and velocity-time graphs. In this activity students will **create a chart that illustrates how motion can be described using displacement-time graphs and velocity-time graphs**. Students should be encouraged to describe the differences if they are prone to get confused even with the visual aid of the graph.

Motion Type | Displacement-Time Graph | Velocity-Time Graph |
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Acceleration (Positive Acceleration) | A curved line where the gradient is increasing | A line with a constant positive gradient |

Constant Velocity | A line with a constant positive gradient | A horizontal line |

Deceleration (Negative Acceleration) | A curved line where the gradient is decreasing | A line with a constant negative gradient |

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**Student Instructions**

Create displacement-time and velocity-time graphs for different situations.

- Click "Start Assignment".
- Use a combinations of scenes, characters and props to create a visualization for the following situations: Positive acceleration, constant speed, and negative acceleration (deceleration).
- Use lines to show what the displacement-time and velocity-time graphs look like for the following situations: Positive acceleration, constant speed, and negative acceleration (deceleration).
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**Grade Level** 6-12

**Difficulty Level** 4 (Difficult / Complex)

**Type of Assignment** Individual or Group

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Velocity-Time Graphs vs. Displacement-Time Graphs

Create displacement-time graphs and velocity-time graphs for a range of different given motion types.

Proficient 20 Points | Emerging 10 Points | Beginning 0 Points | |
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Axis | Both the X and Y axis are correctly labeled. | The X or the Y axis is correctly labeled. | Neither of the axis labels are correct. |

Displacement-Time Graphs | The displacement-time graphs are correct for all different motion types: acceleration (positive acceleration), constant speed, and deceleration (negative acceleration). | The displacement-time graphs are correct for two of the three different motion types: acceleration (positive acceleration), constant speed, and deceleration (negative acceleration). | The displacement-time graphs are correct for only one of the three different motion types: acceleration (positive acceleration), constant speed, and deceleration (negative acceleration). |

Velocity-Time Graphs | The velocity-time graphs are correct for all different motion types: acceleration (positive acceleration), constant speed, and deceleration (negative acceleration). | The velocity-time graphs are correct for two of the three different motion types: acceleration (positive acceleration), constant speed. and deceleration (negative acceleration). | The velocity-time graphs are correct for only one of the three different motion types: acceleration (positive acceleration), constant speed, and deceleration (negative acceleration). |

Visualization | Every situation has a clear and easy-to-understand visualization. | Every situation has a visualization, but some are difficult to understand. | Not every situation has a visualization. |

Evidence of Effort | Work is well written and carefully thought out. | Work shows some evidence of effort. | Work shows little evidence of any effort. |

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