How to make an equation If I know some points on the graph? I want to make an equation for a car which accelerates and graph it. For example I know that on the 0 second the car moves 0 km/h, on the 2 sec the car moves 5 km/h and so on. I need the equation so I can calculate instant velocity by differentiating the equation.
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The answer depends on the model you use. If you assume the constant acceleration then $$ v_t = v_0+at $$ where $v_0$ is an initial speed. So in your case $v_0 = 0$ and $v_2 = 5$ so easily $a = 2.5$
If you need an equation for the location of the car, then by integrating (or from the course of physics): $$ S_t = S_0+v_0t+\frac12at^2 = S_0+\frac54t^2 $$ where $S_0$ is a initial location. You can take equal to $0$ to put the car at origin from the beginning.
For the extension: $v_t = at$. In this case you assume the constant acceleration, i.e. you have the only unknown parameter. If you assume that an acceleration has more difficult structure with $m$ unknown parameters, you need to have $m-1$ more measurements.