Position and Velocity vs. Time Graphs

8th - 12th

In this position and velocity worksheet, students sketch graphs of position vs. velocity and position vs. time for 6 problems given different scenarios. They label their graphs with given positions, velocities and times.

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What information does a position vs. time graph give you?

Students study the differences between a time graph and position.  For this graphing lesson students graph their data and complete a group activity. 

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