A car travels round a circular track at a constant speed of 40 km/h. Explain why the car’s velocity is not constant
- Velocity is a vector quantity that depends on both direction and magnitude.
- Since the car’s direction changes continuously as it travels around a circular track, its velocity changes all the time.
Is the car accelerating? Explain your answer.
- Acceleration is defined as the rate of change of velocity with time.
- Since velocity is changing, the car is accelerating.
An athlete initially at rest, runs a 100 m race and completed it with an average speed of 13.2 m/s. Explain why at some point in time his instantaneous speed must have exceeded the average value.
- Since the athlete starts from rest, he must have had a speed of less than 13.2 m/s during his acceleration.
- Therefore, his speed at other parts of the race must exceed 13.2 m/sin order for the average to be obtained as 13.2 m/s