Some Graphs for Accelerated Motion

In our discussion of Newton's First Law of Motion, we talked a little bit about some of the graphs we can generate for an object when it is in mechanical equilibrium. Remember: For an object in mechanical equilibrium, the Net Force Versus Time and Acceleration Versus Time graphs are horizontal lines located on the horizontal axis. The Velocity Versus Time graph is also horizontal, but its location depends upon the sign of the velocity of the object. Click HERE to review some graphs for non-accelerated objects.

However, when we use Newton's Second Law of Motion, we are typically discussing an object on which a non-zero net force is acting and which has a non-zero acceleration. So, let's look at some graphs for objects which are NOT in mechanical equilibrium.

However, when we use Newton's Second Law of Motion, we are typically discussing an object on which a non-zero net force is acting and which has a non-zero acceleration. So, let's look at some graphs for objects which are NOT in mechanical equilibrium.

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