IntMath Home » Forum home » Kinematics » Labeling of axes

IntMath forum | Kinematics

Labeling of axes [Solved!]

My question

On your displacement-time graph, it is more correct to title the vertical axis "position". From the vertical axis, you can then calculate the "displacement" by simply subtracting one position from another between any two times. It's like labelling the horizontal axis "time interval" rather than just "time".

You're not the first to make this mistake. I've seen it in a few textbooks. (But, they're usual textbooks for lower grades, or lower levels of Physics. If that's why you've done it, then I understand.)

Relevant page

1. Velocity (s-t) Graphs

What I've done so far

NA - suggestion

X

On your displacement-time graph, it is more correct to title the vertical axis "position". From the vertical axis, you can then calculate the "displacement" by simply subtracting one position from another between any two times. It's like labelling the horizontal axis "time interval" rather than just "time". 

You're not the first to make this mistake. I've seen it in a few textbooks. (But, they're usual textbooks for lower grades, or lower levels of Physics. If that's why you've done it, then I understand.)
Relevant page

<a href="/kinematics/1-velocity-graphs.php">1. Velocity (s-t) Graphs</a>

What I've done so far

NA - suggestion

Re: Labeling of axes

Hi Ewen

Thank you very much for your feedback.

I have responded in the blog at

Displacement or position?

Regards

X

Hi Ewen

Thank you very much for your feedback.

I have responded in the blog at

<a href="http://www.intmath.com/blog/mathematics/displacement-or-position-523">Displacement or position?</a>

Regards

Reply

You need to be logged in to reply.

Search IntMath, blog and Forum