Classroom Activity
One-Dimensional Motion

Graph Interpretation


  • model a real motion as a set of simple motions, determining average speed, instantaneous speed and acceleration for each segment
  • use graphs and data about past motions to predict how the object will move under different conditions
  • apply their understanding to control motion, programming the vehicle to stop at arbitrary locations

The activity uses the Basic Switch and either the original CBL, the CBL2, or a LabPro. With the addition of an appropriate relay, the Binary Basic Trainer or the Motor Controller can substitute for the Basic Switch.

Author: Fred Thomas
Activity last revised: Sinclair Community College, 12-4-2005

Participant Handout | Facilitator Notes | Sample Date (Excel)
Calculator Programs
This activity requires the calculator program SIGNAL