Originally Posted by rich
The area under a graph is the product of the X and Y axes.
So, if acceleration is in units of metres per second ^2, and time is in seconds, multiply seconds by metres per second ^2 and you get metres per second, which is a velocity.
Why you would want to plot acceleration against time, I don't know.
Don't forget that anything slowing down exhibits negative acceleration so the plot on your chart will go below the axis.
We're not plotting it Rich, we're measuring it
Thanks for the replies. It makes sense... even though the acceleration is considerable, the velocity is small because the duration it acts over is small as well... which reflects observations. We just need to upgrade the measuring stick so there's better detail in the results.