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This applet is an animation of an object moving with a constant acceleration in one dimension.  It shows the velocity and acceleration vectors on the animation in real-time, as well as the position, velocity, and acceleration graphs as a function of time.  The applet offers four distinct scenarios with different accelerations and initial positions and velocities. Standard controls allow the user to start, pause, step, and reset the animation.

This is part of a large collection of Physlet-based (Physics Java Applet) illustrations and tutorials covering introductory physics.
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Acceleration
= Position & Displacement
= Velocity
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- Vector Algebra
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- Mathematics
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- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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Physlet, acceleration, constant acceleration, displacement, graph, interactive animation, position, simulation, time, vector, velocity
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Vectors

Students explore several kinematics situations involving different starting positions and speed.  Velocity and acceleration vectors are displayed in real-time graphs as the action is animated. Requires Java plug-in.

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AIP Format
S. Schneider, (1998), WWW Document, (http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/kinvec0.shtml).
S. Schneider, LTU Physlet: Vector Quantities in Simple Kinematics, (1998), <http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/kinvec0.shtml>.
APA Format
Schneider, S. (2006, March 15). LTU Physlet: Vector Quantities in Simple Kinematics. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/kinvec0.shtml
Chicago Format
Schneider, Scott. LTU Physlet: Vector Quantities in Simple Kinematics. March 15, 2006. http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/kinvec0.shtml (accessed 13 December 2017).
MLA Format
Schneider, Scott. LTU Physlet: Vector Quantities in Simple Kinematics. 1998. 15 Mar. 2006. 13 Dec. 2017 <http://vnatsci.ltu.edu/s_schneider/physlets/main/kinvec0.shtml>.
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@misc{ Author = "Scott Schneider", Title = {LTU Physlet: Vector Quantities in Simple Kinematics}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {13 December 2017}, Month = {March 15, 2006}, Year = {1998} }
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