Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (3rd Edition)

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Chapter 5 - Force and Motion - Conceptual Questions: 11

Answer

The statement is false. For example, if an object is slowing down, then the acceleration is in the opposite direction from the direction of motion. Since the net force and the acceleration are always in the same direction, the net force is also in the opposite direction from the direction of motion. Therefore, when an object is slowing down, the object does not move in the direction of the net force acting on it.

Work Step by Step

The statement is false. For example, if an object is slowing down, then the acceleration is in the opposite direction from the direction of motion. Since the net force and the acceleration are always in the same direction, the net force is also in the opposite direction from the direction of motion. Therefore, when an object is slowing down, the object does not move in the direction of the net force acting on it.
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