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What happens when a ball is thrown vertically in the air?

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Homework Statement


A ball is thrown vertically in the air, upward from the surface of the Earth. Which of the following quantities are zero when the ball reaches maximum height?
a)speed b)velocity c)acceleration


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The Attempt at a Solution


i answered just b, but i got it marked wrong so i am unsure. any thoughts?
 

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What's the reasoning behind your answer?
 
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because when the ball reached maximum height, the ball stops and then changes direction, so then it would have v=0 and the top. but would the speed be 0 as well?
 
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You tell me. What's the relationship between speed and velocity?
 
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velocity has to have direction while speed does not.
 
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velocity has to have direction while speed does not.
Good. Speed is just the magnitude of the velocity. So how would you revise your first answer?
 
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both speed and velocity will be zero?! :)
 
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both speed and velocity will be zero?! :)
Of course. :smile:
 
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thank you so much!!
is there any chance you could also help me with a math problem that is giving me lots of trouble?
 
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is there any chance you could also help me with a math problem that is giving me lots of trouble?
Did you post it?
 
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yes but no replies yet,.
 

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