# How do velocity and acceleration differ?

##### 1 Answer

May 3, 2018

Velocity and acceleration are two completely different quantities, but they are closely related to one another.

#### Explanation:

**Velocity** is the rate of change of position. **Acceleration** is the rate of change of velocity.

In other words, **velocity** will tell you how the position of an object is changing in time. **Acceleration** will tell you how the velocity of an object is changing in time.

In terms of calculus, we can formulate the following relation for a velocity function

or equivalently

The units of **velocity** are

The units of **acceleration** are