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Below is a graph of the distance David traveled away from his home on a trip to the mountains. Place the events listed below in the proper order based on details from the graph.

Trace the graph below and identify the parts that correspond to each event during David's trip.
Then answer parts (a) through (d) below.


  1. David had to drive back to pick up his credit card that he forgot at the restaurant.

  1. David's car breaks down and he is towed back to a repair shop near his house.

  2. David stopped for gas and got a quick bite to eat.

  3. David got pulled over and received a speeding ticket. He then continued his trip at a slower rate.

The four places where events take place are the places where the slope changes:
1) The spot where the graph flattens out momentarily
2) The long horizontal section of the graph
3) Where the slope is negative for a short time
4) Where the slope is negative for a long time

  1. What are the units for the slope of the curve?

  2. What is significant about the slope of the curve when David is stopped?

    moving forward → positive slope
    moving backward → negative slope
    stopping → __________

  3. How does the slope of the curve tell you when David is speeding?

    If velocity is slope of the distance graph... so speeding would mean steep slope. Be mindful that speeding could mean steep-and-positive or steep-and-negative.

  4. Interpret the graph where the slope is negative. What is David doing then?

    Refer to the hint in part (b).