Item FM069005: Use of tables of speed versus time, and information about forces acting on an object, to determine the object's speed at various times.

At 9 o’clock in the morning (9:00 am), an object is moving at a speed of 10 meters per second (m/s). It continues to move at that speed. At exactly 9:02 am, a single constant force begins to act on the object in the direction opposite to the direction of the object's motion. This force continues to act during the time shown in the table.

Time → 9:00 am 9:01 am 9:02 am 9:03 am 9:04 am 9:05 am 9:06 am
Row A 10 m/s 10 m/s 10 m/s 9 m/s 8 m/s 8 m/s 8 m/s
Row B 10 m/s 10 m/s 10 m/s 10 m/s 10 m/s 9 m/s 8 m/s
Row C 10 m/s 10 m/s 10 m/s 9 m/s 8 m/s 7 m/s 6 m/s
Row D 10 m/s 10 m/s 10 m/s 10 m/s 7 m/s 7 m/s 7 m/s

Which row of the table shows what the object’s speed could be each minute? Assume that if a change in speed has occurred, the change is shown in the table.

  1. Row A
  2. Row B
  3. Row C
  4. Row D


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Chart showing distrubtion of responses for Item FM069005

Percent of students responding correctly

Grades 6–852%
Grades 9–1259%
Primary Language is English55%
Primary Language is not English43%

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