What does the Y intercept represent in a distance time graph?

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What does the Y intercept represent in a distance time graph?

Starting point: The y-intercept tells you the object’s starting point. If an object starts at the measuring device, then its’ y-intercept is 0. If it starts 3 meters away, then its y-intercept is 3 m. Intersection of 2 lines tells you when 2 objects have the same position.

Q. What speed is shown as a straight line on a distance time graph?

‘Straight lines’ on a distance-time graph tell us that the object is travelling at a constant speed. Note that you can think of a stationary object (not moving) as travelling at a constant speed of 0 m/s. On a distance-time graph, there are no line sloping downwards.

Q. What goes on the Y axis of a distance time graph?

On a distance time graph, the distance will always be the dependent variable on the y- axis. Time is the independent variable and will always be placed on the x-axis. The lines on the graphs can tell you many different things. The slope of a line (steepness) can tell you speed.

Q. Can time ever be on the y-axis?

In principle, time can be placed on the y-axis. This is, however, not very common when making graphs and it is primarily only done in special relativity when making Minkowski diagrams or spacetime diagrams.

Q. What does a flat horizontal line represent on a distance time graph?

Speed or velocity is plotted on the Y-axis. A straight horizontal line on a speed-time graph means that speed is constant. It is not changing over time. A straight line does not mean that the object is not moving!

Q. What does a horizontal line on a graph mean?

In more simple terms, a horizontal line on any chart is where the y-axis values are equal. If it has been drawn to show a series of highs in the data, a data point moving above the horizontal line would indicate a rise in the y-axis value over recent values in the data sample.

Q. What would be the horizontal line in a position time graph means?

In a position-time graph, the velocity of the moving object is represented by the slope, or steepness, of the graph line. If the graph line is horizontal, like the line after time = 5 seconds in Graph 2 in the Figure below, then the slope is zero and so is the velocity. The position of the object is not changing.

Q. What does a distance-time graph look like?

A distance-time graph shows how far an object has travelled in a given time. It is a simple line graph that denotes distance versus time findings on the graph. Distance is plotted on the Y-axis. Time is plotted on the X-axis.

Q. What is the horizontal line?

Anything parallel to the horizon is called horizontal. As vertical is the opposite of horizontal, anything that makes a 90-degree angle (right angle) with the horizontal or the horizon is called vertical. So, the horizontal line is one that runs across from left to right.

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