The Distance versus Time Graph Analysis Lab starts with a distance versus time graph of an object thrown up from the time it starts upward to the time it returns to the same place on the way down. The lab procedure has students find the instantaneous velocity from this graph at every 0.5 sec. From a plot of the velocity versus time, they can find the acceleration of gravity.
There are a set of ten questions that ask students to find information from the graphs and see that the acceleration of gravity at the top of the object’s trajectory is -9.8 m/s2 (approximately).
The original graph and an answer key is provided both in Word format and in Excel format.
All of the files are provided in a zip file. The following files are included:
aofg_dvst.docx (lab handout)
aofg_dvst_key.docx (lab handout answer key)
aofg_dvst.xlsx (Excel original graph of distance versus time)
aofg_dvst_key.xlsx (Excel answer key with graphs, slopes, data, and calculations)
dvst.jpg (just in case, a graphic of the original distance versus time graph)
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