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# What does the slope of a speed vs time graph indicate an object's motion?

Updated: 9/21/2023

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The slope of a speed vs time graph indicates an objects acceleration.

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### What does the slope of a speed vs time graph indicate about the objects motion?

The slope of the speed/time graph is the magnitude (size) of the object's acceleration.

### What does a change in the slope of a motion graph indicate?

A change in the slope of a location-time graph of an object indicates a change in the radial component of its speed.

### What does the slope of a distance vs time graph indicate about an object's motion?

instantaneous velocity

### What does the slope on a distance-time motion graph indicate?

It shows the component of velocity in a radial direction. Any motion in a transverse direction is ignored.

### What does a horizontal slope of a distance versus time graph indicate about an objects motion?

It is a measure of speed of the object, but only in the radial direction: that is, towards or away from the point from which distance is measured. The object could be going around that point in circular motion and the graph would show absolutely nothing.

### What does the slope of a speed vs time graph indicate about an object's motion?

The slope of the speed/time graph is the magnitude (size) of the object's acceleration.

### Is the steepness of a line on a motion graph is called a slope?

"Slope" is the steepness of the line on any graph.

### How do you know there is no motion on a distance time-graph?

distance = velocity x time so on the graph velocity is slope. If slope is zero (horizontal line) there is no motion

### What type of motion is occurring when the slope of a position vs time graph is changing?

The slope of a position/time graph is the speed (magnitude of velocity).If the graph's slope is changing, that means the speed is changing, andthat would be accelerated motion.

### When velocity is changing what is happening to the slope on a position versus time graph?

That slope is the 'speed' of the motion. If the slope is changing, then the speed is changing. That's 'accelerated' motion. (It doesn't matter whether the speed is growing or shrinking. It's still 'accelerated' motion. 'Acceleration' does NOT mean 'speeding up'.)

### What does the slope of a force versus time graph indicate?

The slope of a force vs. time graph is equal to the change in momentum or the Impulse.

### What does the slope of a distanced-time graph indicate?

magnitude of velocity