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Precalculus: Particle Motion1
by Texas Instruments

Updated on July 01, 2014

Objectives

  • Students will analyze the relationship between the motion of a particle along a straight line and the graph of the position function that is piecewise linear.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between the graph of the position function and the graph of the velocity function.
  • Students will analyze the relationship between the graph of the velocity function and the cumulative distance traveled by the particle.

Vocabulary

  • position
  • velocity
  • magnitude
  • cumulative distance
  • particle motion

About the Lesson

This lesson involves the motion of a particle along a straight, horizontal line.
As a result, students will:

  • Analyze the graph of a particle's position function based on numerical information about its position, velocity, and cumulative distance traveled.
  • Analyze the motion of the particle based on the graph of its velocity function, and determine the velocity of the particle by finding the slope of the position function.
  • Compute the area of rectangles to discover how the graph of the velocity function is related the cumulative distance the particle travels.