# If an object covers distance in direct proportion to the square of the time elapsed, then the acceleration is constant. Why?

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In the given scenario,

d `alpha` t^2

where, d is the distance covered and t is the time taken.

Let us try to prove that if an object has a constant acceleration then the distance covered is directly proportional to the square of time taken.

Now, acceleration = rate of change of velocity

or, a = (final velocity - initial velocity)/time = (Vf - Vi)/t

or, Vf = Vi + at

and distance traveled = average velocity x time = (Vinitial + Vfinal)/2 x t

= (Vi + Vf)/2 x t

or, d = (Vi + Vi + at)/2 x t = Vi x t + 1/2 at^2

If the motion started from rest, that is, the object accelerated from zero velocity, Vi = 0 and,

**d = 1/2 at^2**

Thus, we can see that if the object starts from rest and accelerates at a constant acceleration, the distance covered is directly proportional to the square of the time elapsed.

Free fall of an object is a good example of such a motion.

Hope this helps.