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Acceleration is the rate of change of velocity as a function of time. The units for acceleration are **m / s2** (meters per second squared).

In plain terms, acceleration is the rate of increase of velocity. The symbol for acceleration is **a**. To calculate acceleration of an object, we use the following equation:

**a = Dv / Dt**

In this equation **a** = acceleration, **Dv** = change in velocity, and **Dt** = change in time.

A car goes from 0 to 30 meters per second in 6 seconds.

**a = Dv / Dt**

**a = (end velocity - start velocity) / (end time - start time)**

**a = (30 - 0) / (6 - 0)**

**a = 30 / 6**

**a = 5 m/s2**

The more you push on something, the more acceleration it will get, and the faster and farther it will go. Here's a song about it!

These videos will give more of an in-depth scientific explanation of acceleration, what it means, and what it's related to.