Derivative Module:
Relating the Distance Graph to the Velocity Graph

Lisa Denise Murphy

Unfortunately, when I converted the files to JPG, the grids on some of the graphs disappeared. I will try to get a better copy, with the grid lines on the graphs. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can get the idea of what it should look like.

These exercises are designed to help the students understand how the velocity graph that the sensor produces relates to the distance graph, and how the two graphs represent physical motion. The first two pages are qualitative, but the last two call for numerical estimates of velocity.

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This page last revised February 4, 1999.