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Linear Acceleration Calculator

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Linear acceleration is the rate at which the velocity of an object changes over time. It is a measure of how quickly an object is speeding up or slowing down in a straight line. Linear acceleration is an important concept in physics and is used in many real-life applications, including the design of vehicles and the study of motion in sports.

In everyday life, linear acceleration can be observed when a car speeds up or slows down on the road, when a rollercoaster goes up or down a hill, or when a person jumps off a diving board. It is also used in the design and testing of aircraft, as well as in the study of human movement in sports science.

One example of a real-life object that experiences linear acceleration is a rocket during takeoff. The rocket must accelerate at a high rate in order to overcome the force of gravity and achieve orbit. Another example is a drag racer, which must accelerate from a standing start to reach high speeds in a short amount of time.

The distance formula for determining the acceleration can be derived from the formula below:
\(d\) \(=\) \(v_1\) \(\cdot\) \(t\) \(+\) \(\dfrac{1}{2}\) \(\cdot\) \(a\) \(\cdot\) \(t^2\)
\(a\): the acceleration
\(v_1\): the speed/velocity
\(d\): the distance
\(t\): the time in seconds
The SI unit of acceleration is: \(meter/square second \text{ }(m/s^2)\)

Find \(a\)

Use this calculator to determine the acceleration of an object given the distance covered, its initial speed, acceleration and the total traveling time.
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