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A baseball is thrown directly upward and hits the ground several hundred feet away.

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Are there any points along its path at which the velocity and acceleration vectors are perpendicular? Parallel? Also, if a ball is thrown directly upward, wouldn't it fall directly back down?




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NascentOxygen
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Was it thrown by a spin bowler? Are there strong winds? Could the throw have taken it to the top of a cliff several hundred feet above the thrower? Must this have occurred on any particular planet? Did the ball encounter something solid in its path, and bounce off it?
 
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Nope, the question did not specify strong winds, or other planetary properties. I'm going to assume that it wasn't thrown directly upward and that it was thrown at an angle.
 
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Therefore, with the assumption that I made, correct me if I am wrong, the resultant velocity only allows the vector to be perpendicular at the top of the trajectory and never parallel at any point in time and space.
 

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