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Problem 3.13: A putted golf ball rolls in a straight line toward the hole


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The animation shows a putted golf ball as it travels toward the hole (position is given in meters and time is given in seconds). Restart.

  1. Is the acceleration of the golf ball between t = 0 and t = 4.2 s constant, increasing, or decreasing?
  2. What is the average acceleration of the golf ball during this time interval?
  3. Calculate the x displacement of the golf ball from t = 0 to t = 4.2 s and show that it is the same as what you measure on the animation.
  4. Calculate the y displacement of the golf ball from t = 0 to t = 4.2 s and show that it is the same as what you measure on the animation.
  5. What is the magnitude of the displacement of the golf ball from t = 0 to t = 4.2 s?

Problem authored by Aaron Titus with support by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-9952323 and placed in the public domain.

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