# Velocity-Time Graph

/Question 16 in the 2016 HSC Mathematics examination involved calculating the distance travelled by a particle given its velocity as a function of time. The velocity during the first second of the motion was negative. This trapped many students. To find the total **distance** travelled we must add up the **absolute values** of all of the areas under the v-t graph. Be careful! If you have done it correctly the answer is 10-4ln2. If you obtain 14-12ln2 this is the change in displacement or the final position of the particle measured from the starting point; this is the length of the arrow from the starting point to the finishing point and is not the distance travelled which is the total amount of ground covered.