Kinectic Energy

  1. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Is it possible for an object to experience a net acceleration, yet maintain a constant kinetic
    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I think no because the kinetic energy equation is KE = (0.5)mv^2, because KE is not change, so v will not change; therefore, it will have acceleration equal =0.
    But i'm not sure.
  2. jcsd
  3. gneill

    Staff: Mentor

    What type of motion has a constant acceleration yet never goes any faster?

    Hint: Think of something other than straight-line motion.
  4. circular motion?
  5. gneill

    Staff: Mentor

    Okay. What's your argument as to why this is so?
  6. Will you consider centripetal acceleration constant. It keeps changing directions.
  7. gneill

    Staff: Mentor

    True, but it's a constant magnitude and the kinetic energy does not change.
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