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Homework Help: Zero velocity and zero acceleraton

  1. Nov 18, 2008 #1
    If velocity is the change in position per unit time and acceleration measures the change in velocity of an object, can an object zero velocity or zero acceleration?

    In terms of a baseball, the baseball stands still for a moment at the top. Would that mean it has zero velocity?

    But does a baseball ever have zero acceleration? It doesn't speed up nor speed down at the at the arc, so would that be zero as well?

    Thank you in advance.
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  3. Nov 18, 2008 #2


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    Is the baseball being thrown like projectile?

    If it is thrown as a projectile it does always have a velocity, at least in the x direction.

    In the y- direction it's y velocity is 0 at the highest point on the path, but the total velocity will still be non zero, unless it was thrown straight up.

    Also, there is a constant nonzero force on the ball (gravity) at all times. What does this tell you about the acceleration of the ball at all times?
  4. Nov 18, 2008 #3
    You are fairly close to understanding what is going on. If you throw the projectile straight up, it will have zero velocity at the top but the acceleration will always = 9.8 m/s/s downwards.

    First it is only stationary (v=0) for a fraction of a fraction of a second.

    Second it has an upwards velocity immediatly before and a downwards velocity immediatly afterwards. So it has to have a downwards acceleration.
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