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Show that the speed of the object is constant

  1. Sep 26, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Suppose an object moves in such a way that its acceleration vector is always perpendicular to its velocity vector. Show that speed of the object is constant.


    2. Relevant equations
    For two vectors to be perpendicular: A[itex]\bullet[/itex]B=0
    Speed of the object = ||Velocity Vector||


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have no idea how to approach this question. How can the speed of the object affect whether or not the acceleration vector is perpendicular to the velocity vector?
     
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  3. Sep 26, 2012 #2

    SammyS

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    [itex]\displaystyle \vec{a}=\frac{d\vec{v}}{dt}[/itex]

    So, what if [itex]\displaystyle \vec{v}\cdot\vec{a}=0\ ?[/itex]

    Then [itex]\displaystyle \vec{v}\cdot\frac{d\vec{v}}{dt}=0\ .[/itex]

    Can you write the left-hand side of that last expression in a different way?
     
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