Acceleration

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

Acceleration, 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.

Acceleration formulas

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

Where:

$$\large{ a }$$ = acceleration

$$\large{ F }$$ = force

$$\large{ m }$$ = mass

$$\large{ t }$$ = time

$$\large{ t_f }$$ = final time

$$\large{ t_i }$$ = initial time

$$\large{ p }$$ = pressure

$$\large{ v }$$ = velocity

$$\large{ \Delta v }$$ = velocity differential

$$\large{ v_f }$$ = final velocity

$$\large{ v_i }$$ = initial velocity