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Kinematics: Interpreting collected experimental data

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Tomihiro Ono. Created for Albert.io. Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.

A cart is moving under the influence of constant acceleration. You measure some aspect of its motion and the resulting data plotted versus time yields the above graph, but in the busyness of the experiment you forgot to note what you were exactly measuring.

However, based on the shape of the graph given that the cart was accelerating at a constant rate, out of the choices below you can make the educated guess that graph likely depicts the cart's ...

A

Position function $x(t)$

B

Velocity function $v(t)$

C

Acceleration function $a(t)$

D

Jerk function $\cfrac {da} {dt}$

E

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