- Have one person narrate a story while another person drags the speedometer needle accordingly (e.g. "You drive through a residential neighborhood, you see a stop sign, you enter the highway,...").
- See who can come up with the best estimate of the distance traveled by approximating the area between the velocity curve and the t-axis. Check the "odometer" box and compare estimates.
Displacement vs. Distance Traveled
The first paragraph mentions that "displacement" is the same as "distance traveled" when velocity 0 over an entire trip. How does "displacement" differ from "distance traveled" when velocity 0 for at least part of the trip? If you don't know for sure, please make your best guess.
Area Under the Velocity Curve
The text above mentions that displacement may be viewed as the "area" bounded by the velocity curve and the t-axis. Restate this point using the vocabulary of Calculus. Make a similar statement about distance traveled using the vocabulary of Calculus. On paper you should be able to write corresponding equations using Calculus symbols. (Unfortunately you are not allowed to enter all the necessary symbols here.)
When using the pink point to approximate average velocity, explain in your own words how you estimated where the horizontal average velocity curve should be positioned.
Mean Value Theorem for Integrals
At the point in a Calculus course where you might encounter this activity, you are probably already familiar with the Mean Value Theorem (MVT) for Derivatives. Something about the slope of a tangent line equaling the slope of a secant line if certain conditions are met, right? It yields this equation: Have you been introduced yet to the Mean Value Theorem (MVT) for Integrals? If so, what does it say? How is it related to the MVT for Derivatives?
Cusps on the v(t) curve?
As technical point: It's worth noting that in this model, cusps ("sharp points") occur on the velocity curve every time velocity changes. Why would it be conceptually problematic in the "real world" for a velocity curve to have cusps?