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  1. A car is parked 10 m from home for 10 minutes. Draw a displacement-time, velocity-time and acceleration-time graphs for the motion. Label all the axes.
  2. A bus travels at a constant velocity of 12 m · s - 1 for 6 seconds. Draw the displacement-time, velocity-time and acceleration-time graph for the motion. Label all the axes.
  3. An athlete runs with a constant acceleration of 1 m · s - 2 for 4 s . Draw the acceleration-time, velocity-time and displacement time graphs for the motion. Accurate values are only needed for the acceleration-time and velocity-time graphs.
  4. The following velocity-time graph describes the motion of a car. Draw the displacement-time graph and the acceleration-time graph and explain the motion of the car according to the three graphs.
  5. The following velocity-time graph describes the motion of a truck. Draw the displacement-time graph and the acceleration-time graph and explain the motion of the truck according to the three graphs.

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Equations of motion

In this chapter we will look at the third way to describe motion. We have looked at describing motion in terms of graphs and words. In this section we examine equations that can be used to describe motion.

This section is about solving problems relating to uniformly accelerated motion. In other words, motion at constant acceleration.

The following are the variables that will be used in this section:

v i = initial velocity ( m · s - 1 ) at t = 0 s v f = final velocity ( m · s - 1 ) at time t Δ x = displacement ( m ) t = time ( s ) Δ t = time interval ( s ) a = acceleration ( m · s - 1 )
v f = v i + a t
Δ x = ( v i + v f ) 2 t
Δ x = v i t + 1 2 a t 2
v f 2 = v i 2 + 2 a Δ x

The questions can vary a lot, but the following method for answering them will always work. Use this when attempting a question that involves motion with constant acceleration. You need any three known quantities ( v i , v f , Δ x , t or a ) to be able to calculate the fourth one.

  1. Read the question carefully to identify the quantities that are given. Write them down.
  2. Identify the equation to use. Write it down!!!
  3. Ensure that all the values are in the correct unit and fill them in your equation.
  4. Calculate the answer and fill in its unit.

Interesting fact

Galileo Galilei of Pisa, Italy, was the first to determined the correct mathematical law foracceleration: the total distance covered, starting from rest, is proportional to the square of the time. He also concluded thatobjects retain their velocity unless a force – often friction – acts upon them, refuting the accepted Aristotelian hypothesis thatobjects "naturally" slow down and stop unless a force acts upon them. This principle was incorporated into Newton's laws of motion(1st law).

Finding the equations of motion

The following does not form part of the syllabus and can be considered additional information.

Derivation of [link]

According to the definition of acceleration:

Questions & Answers

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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
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are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
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Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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