AP Physics 1 Question 331: Answer and Explanation
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9. Question below refers to the following figure:
What is the total distance traveled by the object?
- A. 32 m
- B. 34 m
- C. 36 m
- D. 38 m
Correct Answer: C
In a velocity-versus-time graph, displacement is the area beneath the curve. If the question had asked for displacement, then anything beneath the x-axis would be added as a negative displacement. However, distance cannot be negative, so there is no distinction between positive and negative velocity for this question.
Split the area into triangles and rectangles like this: