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Could someone please explain what the difference is between speed and acceleration? I would sincerely appreciate it, thanks!
Acceleration is the rate of change of the velocity. So as long as acceleration and velocity are in the same direction, acceleration will result in increased velocity.MoMo said:See, what confuses me is when I compare speed and acceleration in terms of a car. When a car accelerates, doesn't its speed increase?
Velocity is the speed of the car and its direction.MoMo said:What does velocity have to do with these two terms as well?
My pleasure.MoMo said:That makes sense. Thank you :-)
Speed and acceleration are both measurements of an object's motion, but they measure different aspects of it. Speed is the rate at which an object is moving, while acceleration is the rate at which an object's speed is changing.
Speed and acceleration are related in that acceleration affects an object's speed. If an object is accelerating, its speed will either increase or decrease depending on the direction of the acceleration. If an object is not accelerating, its speed will remain constant.
Yes, an object can have a high speed but low acceleration. For example, a car traveling at a constant speed on a highway has a high speed but zero acceleration. On the other hand, an object can have a low speed but high acceleration, such as a ball being thrown straight up in the air.
Acceleration is measured in units of distance over time squared, such as meters per second squared (m/s²) or feet per second squared (ft/s²). It can also be measured using an accelerometer, which is a device that measures changes in velocity.
Yes, an object can have a negative acceleration. This means that the object's speed is decreasing. Negative acceleration can also be referred to as deceleration or slowing down. For example, a car braking to come to a stop has a negative acceleration.