Position Time Graphs

The Position Time Graphs - Conceptual Analysis Concept Builder is comprised of 46 questions that are grouped into 14 different Question Groups and spread across three different activities. The three activities each have a slightly different emphasis. The first activity - Words and Graphs - focuses on the skill of associating the features of a position-time graph with the characteristics of an object's motion. The second activity - Speed Rankings - focuses on the skill of comparing speeds of objects based on the magnitude of the slope of their lines on a position-time graph. The third activity - Dots and Graphs - has students inspecting the dot diagram for three different motions and associating each motion with one of six lines on a position-time graph.  Questions are grouped with questions in the same group requiring a very similar skill or motion type. If a learner misses a question within Question Group 1, then another question within the same group will be presented to the learner at a later time.

The three activities in this Concept Builder are summarized as follows:
 
  • Words and Graphs: Question Groups 1-6
  • Speed Rankings: Question Groups 7-19
  • Dots and Graphs: Question Groups 11-14

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Position Time Graphs
Conceptual Analysis
 
Activity 1: Words and Graphs
Question Group 1
Question #1
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object at rest?  
 
 

 
Question #2
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object at rest?
 

 
 

 
Question #3
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object at rest?
 

 
 
 
 
 
Question Group 2
Question #4
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object moving with a constant speed?
 
 
 

 
Question #5
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object moving with a constant speed?
 

 
 
 
Question #6
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object moving with a constant speed?
 
 
 
 
 

 
Question Group 3
Question #7
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) does the object have a changing velocity?
 

 
 
 
Question #8
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) does the object have a changing velocity?
 

 
 
 

 
Question #9
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) does the object have a changing velocity?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Question Group 4
Question #10
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) does the object have a positive velocity?
 
 
 

 
Question #11
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) does the object have a positive velocity?
 

 
 
 
Question #12
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) does the object have a negative velocity?
 

 
 
 

 
Question #13
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) does the object have a negative velocity?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Question Group 5
Question #14
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object moving away from its starting point?
 
 
 

 
Question #15
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object moving away from its starting point?
 

 
 
 
Question #16
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object moving towards its starting point?
 

 
 
 

 
Question #17
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage(s) is the object moving towards its starting point?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Question Group 6
Question #18
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage is the object moving with the greatest speed?
 
 
 

 
Question #19
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage is the object moving with the greatest speed?
 

 
 
 

Question #20
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage is the object moving with the smallest speed?
 
 
 

 
Question #21
Five stages - labeled A, B, C, D, and E - of an object's motion are represented by the position-time graph below. During which stage is the object moving with the smallest speed?
 
 
 
 
 

 
Activity 2: Ranking Tasks
Question Group 7
Question #22
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 


 
 
 
Question #23
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 
 
 
 

 
Question #24
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 

 
 
 
 
Question #25
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 

 
 
 
 

 
Question Group 8
Question #26
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 
 
 

Question #27
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 

 
 
 

 
Question #28
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 
 
 
 
 
Question Group 9
Question #29
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 
 
 

 
Question #30
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 

 
 
 
Question #31
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 
 
 
 
 

 
Question Group 10
Question #32
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 
 
 
Question #33
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe their lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 

 
 
 

 
Question #34
The motions of Objects A, B, and C are represented on a position-time graph. Observe the lines and rank the speeds of Objects A, B, and C from slowest to fastest.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Activity 3:  Dots and Graphs
Question Group 11
Question #35
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 

 
 
 
Question #36
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.

 

 
 
 

 
Question #37
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 
 
 
 
 
Question Group 12
Question #38
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 
 
 

 
Question #39
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 

 
 
 
Question #40
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 
 
 
 
 

 
Question Group 13
Question #41
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 

 
 
 
Question #42
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 
 
 

 
Question #43
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 
 
 
 
 
Question Group 14
Question #44
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 
 
 

 
Question #45
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 
 

 
Question #46
Consider the dot diagrams below for Objects A, B, and C. The arrow represents the direction of travel. Match the motion of Objects A, B, and C to one of the lines on the graph.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



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