Graphical Interpretation

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1
This page contains a tool for monitoring, and generating graphs of, motion of the mouse. It also contains a number of problems which give opportunities to experiment with environments that generate motion graphs. Use the resources to generate discussion justifying graphs, determining the situation that has given risen to particular graphs and conjecturing.

Motion Capture

This interactive environment monitors the motion of your mouse and produces a displacement-time graph. Experiment with the interactivity and challenge yourself to draw different shaped graphs.

Take Your Dog for a Walk

This problem is a good starting point to experiment with displacement-time graphs.
How can you make a curved graph?
Is there more than one way to obtain the same graph?
The notes contain graphs for you to try to replicate.

How Far Does it Move?

Experiment with this interactivity which investigates "rolling" regular polygons, and explore how the different positions of the red dot affects the distance it travels as the polygon rolls.

Speeding Up, Slowing Down

Experiment with this interactivity of "rolling" regular polygons, and explore how the different positions of the red dot affects its speed as the polygon rolls.

Up and Across

Experiment with this interactivity of "rolling" regular polygons, and explore how the different positions of the red dot affects its vertical and horizontal movement as the polygon rolls.

Motion Sensor

Looking at the in this problem - when was the person moving fastest? Slowest?

Steady Free Fall

Can you adjust the wire curve in this interactivity so the bead drops with near constant vertical velocity?