AP Physics 1 Question 54: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 54


What is the total distance traveled by the object?

  • A. 32 m
  • B. 34 m
  • C. 36 m
  • D. 38 m

Correct Answer: C


C In a velocity vs. 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: