Acceleration

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

acceleration 8Acceleration, abbreviated as a, is the rate of change of velocity.  Whenever a mass experiences a force, an acceleration is acting.  Acceleration is a vector quantity having magnitude and direction, some of these include displacement, drag, force, lift, momentum, thrust, torque, velocity and weight.

 

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Acceleration formulas

\(\large{ a = \frac{ \Delta v }{\Delta t }   = \frac{ v_f \;-\; v_i }{ t_f \;-\; t_i }  = \frac{ F }{ m } }\)  

Where:

 

Units English SI
 \(\large{ a }\) = acceleration \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec^2}}\) \(\large{\frac{m}{sec^2}}\) 
 \(\large{ F }\) = force \(\large{lb_f}\) \(\large{N}\)
 \(\large{ m }\) = mass \(\large{lb_m}\)  \(\large{kg}\)
 \(\large{ t }\) = time \(\large{seconds}\)
 \(\large{ t_i }\) = initial time \(\large{seconds}\)
 \(\large{ t_f }\) = final time \(\large{seconds}\)
\(\large{ v }\) = velocity \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec}}\) \(\large{\frac{m}{sec}}\)
\(\large{ \Delta v }\) = velocity differential \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec}}\) \(\large{\frac{m}{sec}}\)
\(\large{ v_i }\) = initial velocity \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec}}\) \(\large{\frac{m}{sec}}\)
\(\large{ v_f }\) = final velocity \(\large{\frac{ft}{sec}}\) \(\large{\frac{m}{sec}}\)

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