Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Determine Velocity using the Gradient of a Displacement-Time Graph

Graphs give a visual representation of the manner in which one variable changes with another. Looking at motion graphs can help us to see what is happening over a period of time.

Displacement time graphs

Figure 3.1 shows the displacement of a body that increases uniformly with time. This shows constant velocity. The magnitude of the velocity is equal to the gradient of the graph.

\displaystyle\ v = gradient = \frac{\Delta s}{\Delta t}

Displacement s / m s^ { -1}

Figure 3.1 Displacement – time graph for constant velocity