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Problem 1.3: Drag the Monster Truck

Please wait for the animation to completely load.

Use the mouse to drag the rear bumper of the toy monster truck (the red ball). The goal of this exercise is to match the position/velocity/acceleration vs. time graphs as shown in the animation (position is given in centimeters and time is given in seconds). There is some smoothing for the velocity and acceleration matching animations. Restart.

Answer the following questions after trying to match the motion:

  1. Which of the graphs was the easiest to match and which one was the hardest to match?
  2. Why? Base your answer on physics and mathematics.

When you get a good-looking graph, right-click on it to clone the graph and resize it for a better view.

Physlets were developed at Davidson College and converted from Java to JavaScript using the SwingJS system developed at St. Olaf College.

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