Class 11 Physics (India) - Hindi
- Acceleration (Hindi)
- What is acceleration?
- Airbus A380 take off time (Hindi)
- Acceleration and velocity
- What are velocity vs. time graphs?
- Acceleration vs time graphs (Hindi)
- What are acceleration vs. time graphs?
- Calculating average acceleration from graphs
- Connecting acceleration and velocity graphs
- Acceleration review
Review the key concepts, equations, and common misconceptions related to acceleration.
|Average acceleration||Rate at which velocity changes over a specified time interval. A vector quantity with SI units of .|
|Instantaneous acceleration||Rate at which velocity changes at a specific instant in time. A vector quantity with SI units of .|
|Equation||Symbol breakdown||Meaning in words|
|is average acceleration, is change in velocity, and is change in time||Average acceleration is the change in velocity divided by change in time.|
Common mistakes and misconceptions
- People forget that an object can accelerate by changing direction. Velocity and acceleration are vector quantities, so they have both magnitude and direction. If the speed of an object remains the same but it changes direction, then the object is accelerating.
- People sometimes forget that acceleration and velocity aren’t always in the same direction. When velocity and acceleration vectors point in opposite directions, the object is slowing down.
For deeper explanations, see the video introducing acceleration.
For more on velocity vs. time graphs, see our article what are velocity vs. time graphs?.
To check your understanding and work toward mastering these concepts, check out our exercises on calculating average acceleration from graphs and connecting acceleration and velocity graphs.
Want to join the conversation?
- How can an object accelerate by changing direction?? Can you explain more clearly "If the speed of an object remains the same but it changes direction, then the object is accelerating"?(8 votes)
- Remember, velocity and acceleration are vector quantities, which have both magnitude and direction (+/-).
For example you are running east with an acceleration rate of k m/s^2. For every second you run, your speed/velocity increases by k. After a period of time, you then turn around 180 degree (we're talking about one dimensional motion) and head west instead. Now even though your speed stays the same, the next second you run, the acceleration is going to be -k as you are heading towards the opposite direction. Hope that helps.(17 votes)
- What's SI?
Super Integer?(3 votes)
- It's Systemme Internationale, French word for International System. Hope that helps!(15 votes)
- I have difficulty understanding this too.
"People forget that an object can accelerate by changing direction. Velocity and acceleration are vector quantities, so they have both magnitude and direction. If the speed of an object remains the same but it changes direction, then the object is accelerating."
If an object was traveling at a certain velocity and zero acceleration, then switched direction 180 degrees and continued in that direction at the same magnitude of velocity, how does that give acceleration?(4 votes)
- when you say same magnitude of velocity, that basically is speed. Instead of 180 degrees, lets say you turn 90 degrees and you continue at the same speed, same idea but easier to explain.
Initially, before turning, you are going straight at 5 m/s for example. But then you suddenly turn right 90 degrees and continue at 5 m/s. Here speed has remained constant while velocity has changed.
Velocity takes direction into account as well. So after turning right, as we were initially taking forwards as the direction, velocity is 0. This is because you are not going forwards anymore, you turning left. This results in a change in velocity, hence causing acceleration.
Here is an analogy which may help.
You are in a 100m race, and the track is straight. Let's say you travel 50m in 5 seconds. That is 10m/s. But for some reason, you turn right and run at 10 m/s. But because you are going right, you are not surpassing 50m in the race. You are in the same place as someone standing still at the 50m mark. Therefore your velocity is now 0m/s. The change from 10m/s to 0m/s is acceleration. (deceleration to be more precise)(6 votes)
- How do you express distance in terms of velocity and constant acceleration?(5 votes)
- what is the acceleration for the pointer movement on your computer??(2 votes)
- The computer screen cursor has no acceleration nor even movement. The computer checks how you have moved the computer mouse and redraws the cursor in the appropriate location on the screen. This happens so quickly that it gives the appearance that the cursor is moving, though in reality, it is simply appearing in a new location without movement.(4 votes)
- If slowing down is negative acceleration, how do you describe the direction of acceleration.(3 votes)
- Acceleration is a vector quantity. This means that you include direction while describing acceleration. Slowing down means that you are decreasing your velocity, which means there is a negative change in velocity and therefore a negative acceleration. For example, if I was running to the right and my velocity went from 5 m/s to 2 m/s in 3 seconds, my acceleration would be -3 m/s^2, or 3 m/s^2 to the left. The negative sign basically means that it is going to the left.(1 vote)
- "People sometimes forget that acceleration and velocity aren’t always in the same direction. When velocity and acceleration vectors point in opposite directions, the object is slowing down."
I don't really understand this. Please could someone explain it, possibly with an example?(1 vote)
- Sure! Lets say you are in a car and you are traveling east and you encounter a red light. As you brake, your velocity is still eastward but its just getting smaller while your acceleration is westward since that is the direction the net force on you points. Thus, the velocity and acceleration are in opposite directions, causing the object to slow. Hope this helps!(4 votes)
- How are acceleration and velocity different?(1 vote)
- Velocity measures an object's change in position over time. The units for velocity are meters / seconds (meters per second) and therefore give the rate of an object's displacement.
Acceleration instead measures the change in an object's velocity. The units for acceleration are meters / seconds^2 (meters per second squared). This means that acceleration tells you how much the velocity changes every second.
For example, an object can have a velocity of 8 m/s, which means it will travel 8 meters in 1 second. However, if it also has an acceleration of 2 m/s^2, it will speed up from 8 m/s to 10 m/s in 1 second.(4 votes)
- How would you find instantaneous acceleration without a graph?(1 vote)
- That would require another mean to describe the acceleration; that is, a formula. With that, you could graph the formula, or use calculus.(3 votes)
- what does it mean when the speed goes uniformly?(2 votes)
- It means that when speed is x, distance travelled increases with x for every unit of time.(1 vote)