Compare Displacement and Velocity Graphs

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Comparing Graphs

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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 TypeDisplacement-Time GraphVelocity-Time Graph
Acceleration (Positive Acceleration)A curved line where the gradient is increasingA line with a constant positive gradient
Constant VelocityA line with a constant positive gradientA horizontal line
Deceleration (Negative Acceleration)A curved line where the gradient is decreasingA line with a constant negative gradient


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

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Use a combinations of scenes, characters and props to create a visualization for the following situations: Positive acceleration, constant speed, and negative acceleration (deceleration).
  3. 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).
  4. Save and submit the assignment.
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