Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH103/April 2014/Question 01 (c) iii
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Question 01 (c) iii 

The graph below depicts the velocity of a car traveling along a straight road as a function of time, . Initial time is .
Determine whether the following statement is True, False, or Indeterminate: The car is moving away from its initial position when . 
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Hint 

Use the result of part (ii). 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. As seen in the previous part, at time , the car is back at its initial position. During the interval , the velocity curve is above the axis, hence the velocity is positive. Thus, the car is moving away from its initial position during this entire time interval. Since the time occurs within this interval, the car is moving away from its initial position at that time. The statement is true. Note: A common mistake is interpreting the negative slope of the graph at (1.25,1.5) as the car returning to its original position. Keep in mind, the graph is illustrating the velocity of the car, not its displacement. 