Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 2 - Describing Motion: Kinematics in One Dimension - Questions: 6

Answer

Yes, the velocity of an object can be negative when its acceleration is positive, and vice versa.

Work Step by Step

Define the positive direction toward the east. A car traveling west and applying its brakes has a negative velocity and a positive acceleration. Similarly, a car traveling east and applying its brakes has a positive velocity and a negative acceleration.
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