Acceleration (motion under constant acceleration) – Part 1

Acceleration Part 1: Learning Objective: average and instantaneous acceleration,  calculating distance travelled from a v vs t graph, formula to calculate distance travelled assuming constant acceleration. Contains Keynote (powerpoint) presentation.


  • CA content standards: Physics 1c
    • Students know how to apply the law F=ma to solve one-dimensional motion problems that involve constant forces (Newton’s second law).
  • NGSS:HS-PS2-1.
  • Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration. [Clarification Statement: Examples of data could include tables or graphs of position or velocity as a function of time for objects subject to a net unbalanced force, such as a falling object, an object rolling down a ramp, or a moving object being pulled by a constant force.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to one-dimensional motion and to macroscopic objects moving at non-relativistic speeds.]

Learning Objective:

  • To understand the behavior of objects under constant acceleration and to predict velocity and position using graphs and formulas.

Warm UP:  {FM} Write the equation of motion (formula) for an object (particle) moving at constant velocity.  Sketch.


Questions: What did you observe? Why did the rocket’s velocity increase? Why did they jettison the first stage rocket booster?

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Acceleration Part 1