# When a car’s velocity is positive and its acceleration is negative what is happening to the car’s motion?

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## When a car’s velocity is positive and its acceleration is negative what is happening to the car’s motion?

Explanation: The car’s rate of change of position is decreasing. The car is moving but its rate of position increase is coming down. The car will eventually come to a brief stop and begin traveling backward.

## Is speeding up or slowing down acceleration?

If the speed is increasing, the car has positive acceleration. When the car slows down, the speed decreases. The decreasing speed is called negative acceleration. In both cases, the car is accelerating, but one acceleration is positive and one is negative.

## Does a positive acceleration always mean an object is speeding up?

People think, “If the acceleration is negative, then the object is slowing down, and if the acceleration is positive, then the object is speeding up, right?” Wrong. An object with negative acceleration could be speeding up, and an object with positive acceleration could be slowing down.

## When a car accelerates from initial position and then returned at initial point?

Explanation: When a car moves from its initial position with an acceleration, its velocity and speed both increase. As the car moves further, its velocity and speed keep increasing until it reaches its maximum velocity and speed. However, when the car returns to its initial point, its displacement becomes zero.

## What does it mean when initial velocity is negative and acceleration is positive?

Therefore, a particle’s acceleration and velocity being in opposite directions means that it must be retarding, that is, its speed must be decreasing, that is, it must be slowing down.

## Why is negative velocity and negative acceleration speeding up?

An object which moves in the negative direction has a negative velocity. If the object is speeding up then its acceleration vector is directed in the same direction as its motion (in this case, a negative acceleration).

## Is velocity positive or negative?

Velocity includes both speed and direction, thus velocity can be either positive or negative while speed can only be positive. Another way to say this is that speed is the absolute value of velocity.

## Is acceleration negative when going up or down?

According to our principle, when an object is slowing down, the acceleration is in the opposite direction as the velocity. Thus, this object has a negative acceleration. In Example D, the object is moving in the negative direction (i.e., has a negative velocity) and is speeding up.

## Is acceleration positive when slowing down?

Acceleration is just a change in Velocity over time. Note, Velocity is NOT the same a speed. Velocity is a vector so has a magnitude (called speed) and a direction. Something that is slowing down has an acceleration with a negative sign.

## What happens if acceleration is negative?

The acceleration is negative when the object is moving in the positive direction, but the rate of change of velocity is negative(velocity is decreasing). We can also define these two acceleration when an object travels in the negative or opposite direction(right to left).

## Does negative velocity mean negative acceleration?

Because the car is moving opposite to the positive direction, Car D is moving with a negative velocity. Because it is speeding up while moving in a negative direction, its acceleration is negative as well.

## Can acceleration be negative in physics?

So, negative acceleration means acceleration in the negative direction of the reference frame. Negative acceleration decreases the velocity or speed of an object in motion depending upon the direction of the object’s motion. Negative acceleration is also termed as retardation.

## How can acceleration be negative when velocity is positive?

We can also define these two acceleration when an object travels in the negative or opposite direction(right to left). In this case, the direction of the object is negative, and the rate of change of velocity is positive(velocity is increasing), then we can call it negative acceleration.

## Can an object have positive velocity but negative acceleration?

If the object is moving in the positive direction has a negative acceleration it is slowing down. Likewise if an object is moving in the negative direction and has a positive accelrration it is slowing down. If the object is moving in the positive direction with a positive acceleration it is speeding up.

## What is happening to the velocity of an object if it has a negative acceleration?

In fact, a negative acceleration will increase a negative velocity. If acceleration has the same sign as the velocity, the object is speeding up. If acceleration has the opposite sign as the velocity, the object is slowing down.

## What is happening if acceleration is negative?

So, negative acceleration means acceleration in the negative direction of the reference frame. Negative acceleration decreases the velocity or speed of an object in motion depending upon the direction of the object’s motion. Negative acceleration is also termed as retardation.