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Constant Acceleration (The Kinematic Equations)

In this Module, we consider the special case of an object traveling at constant acceleration. We chose to study constant acceleration because it is the simplest model that we can use to try and model several physical phenomena including projectiles. Because we know the shape of the position-time, velocity-time, and acceleration-time graphs for this special case, we can derive three useful equations called the Kinematic equations. These equations are useful and save us the time of analyzing the various graphs, but they are only valid for constant acceleration systems. For more complicated systems, we must either go back to the graphs or use other techniques that we will cover later in the course including conservation or energy. and conservation of momentum.

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