In this lesson, the students will explore the area under the velocity curve to verify that this represents the distance traveled by the mousetrap car.
Two of the major concepts of calculus are the derivative (slope of the line tangent to a curve) and the definite integral (area under a curve between two values of the independent variable). The derivative was explored in the first lesson of this series. Now we will look at the definite integral as it relates to the velocity of the mousetrap car.
This lesson can be done whether or not the students have run their own mouse trap car activity.