While doing my physics homework I encountered an acceleration problem that I've been unable to solve. Here, is the data table of the objects motion. At 1 second, why does the "Dist-meters" slot of the table have a value of 4.9m instead of 9.8m? Shouldn't the distance be rather 9.8m since the velocity at 1 second is 9.8m/s (meaning at 1 second, the object traveled 9.8 meters).
What am I doing wrong? I encountered this problem because I tried to understand the concept conceptually, before memorizing the formula. I also realized this with another free fall problem .I made a data table of the car during the 4 second interval; after searching on the web for an hour, I finally arrived at the correct answer when I changed the distance at 1 sec to 5m (half the velocity at that second) from 10m.
What is this??