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Solving For Acceleration

Objective: I can use the change in velocity to solve for an object acceleration.
Remember to write your givens, show your work and give your answer with correct units.
1. A car advertisement states that a
certain car can accelerate from rest to
70 km/h in 7 seconds. Find the cars
average acceleration.

2. A cyclist accelerates from 0 m/s to 8

m/s in 3 seconds. What is his
acceleration? Is this acceleration
higher than that of a car which
accelerates from 0 to 30 m/s in 8


A runner covers the last straight

stretch of a race in 4 s. During that
time, he speeds up from 5 m/s to 9
m/s. What is the runners acceleration
in this part of the race?

4. You are traveling in a car that is

moving at a velocity of 20 m/s.

Suddenly, a car 10 meters in front of
you slams on its brakes. At that
moment, you also slam on your brakes
and slow to 5 m/s. Calculate the
acceleration if it took 2 seconds to
slow your car down.

5. If a Ferrari, with an initial velocity of 10

m/s, accelerates at a rate of 50 m/s/s
for 3 seconds, what will its final
velocity be?

6. Describe the persons movement in

the position/time graph:
7. Is the velocity in the velocity/time
graph constant or changing?
8. What does this mean in terms of

Use the set of graphs above and choose

which fits the description for both
velocity and accel.

An object moving away,

speeding up. ________

11.An object moving away, slowing down.
12.An object moving towards, speeding
up. ______
13.An object moving towards, slowing
down. ____

the acceleration/time graph?


14. Draw a graph that would represent a

car that is driving East at a rate of
50km/hr for 1 hour.

9. In the graph below, match the rider

with the segment by drawing a

15.You are driving and you see a little

bunny crossing the road. You slam on
your breaks and go from 25m/s to rest
in 4 seconds. What is your

acceleration in this moment that you

save bunny?

causes the object to have positive velocity;

slowing down causes its graph to slope
downward. Decelerating causes the
acceleration graph to be negative; since we
don't know if the deceleration is constant,
the graph can be either 2 or 4.
3. C,2,4 The velocity graph wiil be negative
since the object is moving towards the
detector; speeding up causes the slope of
the line to be negative. The acceleration
graph will be negative since the object is
accelerating in the direction of the detector;
since we don't know if the acceleration is
constant the graph can be 2 or 4.

1. A,1,3 Moving away causese both the

velocity and acceleration graphs to be
positive. Speeding up causes the velocity
graph to have a positive slope. The
acceleration graph can be 1 or 3 because
we don't know if the acceleration is constant
or not.
2. B,2,4 Moving away from the detector

4. D,1,3 The velocity graph will be negative

because the object is moving towards the
detector; the object slowing down causes
the slope of the graph to be positive.
(deceleration in the direction of the detector
= positive) The acceleration graph will be
positive because the object is decelerating
in the direction of the detector. Since we
don't know the rate of acceleration, the
graph can be 1 or 3.