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written by Tom Henderson
This tutorial, developed for high school physics students, uses multiple graphs and animations to study the relationship between the motion of an object and its graph of Velocity vs. Time.  Users explore the relationship between position and velocity, positive and negative velocities, slope and shape of graphs, and acceleration.  Interactive self-evaluations are included. See Related Materials for an accompanying lab by the same author.

This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a comprehensive set of tutorials and multimedia resources for high school physics.
Editor's Note: Education research indicates that many students have difficulty differentiating velocity and acceleration, and often plot velocity graphs as the path of an object. See Related Materials for a free research-based diagnostic tool to probe misconceptions related to velocity.

Common Core Standards (9)

Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Velocity
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
= Image/Image Set
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- New teachers
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