Uniformly accelerated motion

Do you want to study in a practical way the uniformly accelerated motion?

The online uniformly accelerated motion simulations on this page teach you in a practical way what this motion is like and the main equations that describe it.

Uniformly accelerated motion is a type of motion in which an object experiences a constant change in velocity over time. In this type of motion, the acceleration of the object remains constant, meaning that it experiences a uniform acceleration.

To describe this type of motion, several equations are used. The velocity equation is:

v = v0 + at

In this equation, v represents the velocity at a given instant, v0 is the initial velocity, a is the acceleration and t is the time elapsed since the initial instant. This equation allows us to calculate the final velocity of an object as a function of its initial velocity, acceleration and time.

Another important equation is the equation of distance traveled in uniformly accelerated motion:

d = v0t + (1/2)at².

In this equation, s represents the final position of the object, v0 is the initial velocity, t is the time elapsed since the initial instant and a is the acceleration. This equation allows us to calculate the distance traveled by the object as a function of its initial velocity, acceleration and time.

From these basic equations, other equations can be derived and calculations can be performed to determine the velocity, position and other parameters of the moving object.

Uniformly accelerated motion is encountered in a variety of scenarios in everyday life and science. Examples include the launching of objects in projectiles, the motion of accelerating or decelerating vehicles, and the free fall of objects under the influence of gravity.

These online uniformly accelerated motion simulations are very useful for understanding this basic but important type of motion.

Uniformly Accelerated Motion


This animation is an example of uniformly accelerated motion. The bus, starting from zero, is increasing its speed with constant acceleration.

Uniformly decelerated motion


This animation is an example of uniformly decelerated motion. The bus, starting from a high velocity, slows down with constant deceleration until it stops.

Uniformly Accelerated Motion


This animation shows the graphs of the motion of a car accelerating with constant acceleration from rest and maintaining a straight motion. What does the area under the line of the v – t graph represent?

Uniformly Decelerated Motion


This animation shows the graphs of the motion of a car decelerating with constant deceleration from its initial velocity to rest and then backing up.

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Free fall


This simulation allows you to view graphs of distance and velocity as a function of time for an object in free fall.
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Free motion


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