Deceleration vs Acceleration

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Homework Statement


If you decelerate in one direction, are you accelerating in the opposite direction? Ex. You are standing in an elevator and are slowing down, going upwards- are you accelerating downwards since you're decelerating in the opposite direction, upwards?

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The Attempt at a Solution


I think this is true.
 

Answers and Replies

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Yea, I agree,
While driving if you go from 100mph to 50mph, then in the other direction you are going from -100mph to -50mph, if you take the definition of acceleration as an increase in speed, then yes you are technically accelerating in the other direction even while moving less than 0mph towards it
 

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