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CORC 1331 MAIN PAGE

PHYSICS TOPICS

Speed
Velocity
Acceleration
Constant Acceleration
Free Fall
Forces and Newton's Law
Kinetic Energy
Potential Energy

LIST OF EXAMPLES

CLASSIC PROBLEMS

Free Fall
Forces
Conservation of Energy
Conservation of Momentum

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Constant Acceleration

The problems described in the section on acceleration address only the concept of changing acceleration. This means that velocity is changing in a given period of time. After the specific time has elapsed, velocity may change at a different rate.
Physicists also use the concept of constant acceleration, which means the velocity is changing at a constant rate. For example, if the problem has the words "its constant acceleration is equal to 3 m/s2" this means that every second the velocity is going to change (increase) by 3 m/s regardless of the duration of time. In order to calculate the constant acceleration the same formula is used:



Understanding the concept of constant acceleration is very important because it applies to many different aspects of physics, such as Newton's laws, gravity, and weight.