2. Distance-Time Graphs

Success Criteria

Your learning has been successful if you can do the following:


Learn these so you can communicate this concept well.

Lesson 2: Hei Mahi (Do Now)

Do Now on page 10 of your PESS1.2 SciPAD:

Answer Questions 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a and 3b.
Answer the rest if you finish quickly.

Lesson 2: Exit Task

Find some space on page 13 of your PESS1.2 SciPAD,
and answer the following questions:

What is the difference between constant speed and average speed?

Distance-Time Graphs

The distance an object has moved at different times, can be plotted on a DISTANCE-TIME GRAPH. In a distance-time graph, the VERTICAL AXIS is used for distance, while the HORIZONTAL AXIS is used for time. 

For example, if a car travels at a CONSTANT SPEED of 50 km/h for seven hours and you record the distance and time on a chart, you will get data like this:

What do the Shapes of Distance-Time Graphs Tell Us

Rules for When Drawing Line Graphs

Tasks & Homework

Task 1: PESS1.2 SciPAD

Page 11 - Distance Time Graphs

Page 12-13 - Team New Zealand Secondary Schools

In-Class Practical

SciPAD page 16 - Measuring Motion. 

You will be working in groups of 3 students to complete this investigation. 

We will continue SciPAD page 17 in the next lesson. 


Access your own copy of this homework task on Microsoft Teams. 

Homework - 2. Plotting Distance-Time Graphs