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# How can a vehicle at the same time have a constant speed but changing velocity?

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Speed is a scalar quantity (direction does not matter) and velocity is a vector quantity) ie velocity means speed in a specific direction.

If you are changing direction (turning) in a car, your speed is the same, while your velocity changes.

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No, not at all possible. But constant speed with changing velocity is possible.

That isn't possible. You can have a constant speed and a changing velocity, but not the other way round.

Yes, the velocity is changing. Velocity is a quantity composed of the speed and the direction of motion. Constant velocity means: Constant speed, in a straight line. If the direction is changing, then the velocity is changing, even if the speed is constant.

No. Velocity combines speed and the direction of motion.Constant velocity is constant speed in a straight line.In circular motion, the velocity is always changing even if the speed is constant,because the direction is always changing.

Of course. In fact, in order to have constant velocity, it must have constant speed.What you really want to know: Can a body have changing velocity when it has constant speed ?The answer to that one is also "yes", for example when it is moving in a circle, the speed is constant but the velocity is changing all the time (in direction).

Yes it is possible to have a changing velocity at a constant speed. Velocity is defined as the rate of change of position therefore if the direction of the constant speed changes then that constitutes a changing velocity. For example driving in a circle means that the speed is constant but the direction changes as you drive :) Betlehem Semahge

A changing velocity can maintain constant speed if the motion is circular. The constant change in direction is a change in velocity, even if the speed is constant.

Of course, since velocity is a vector quantity and speed is a scalar quantity, velocity has something speed does not: direction. Thus, an object can travel at the same speed by has a changing direction of movement, and therefore a changing velocity. For instance, a ball on a string moving in a circle at the same speed is constantly changing its velocity, which results in its path of motion.Yes. Velocity is (speed and direction of motion). If direction changes, then velocitychanges, even if speed is constant.Examples:-- Car going around a curve at a constant speed has changing velocity.-- Anything traveling a circular path at a constant speed has changing velocity.

Velocity is a vector quantity. That means it has direction and magnitude. Speed is a scalar quantity, it only has magnitude. It is possible to have constant speed and constant velocity but it is also possible to have constant speed but changing velocity if the object is changing direction.

No. A body can have constant speed but changing direction thus changing velocity. For example, an orbiting body may have a constant speed s=wr, but its direction is constantly changing as it follows the curve of its orbit.

Velocity is a vector, thus it has a direction. Therefore, you can change the velocity by changing direction. A great example of this is a ball on a string spinning at a constant speed, but it is continually changing direction, therefore, even though the speed is constant the velocity changes at every instant.

If the car rounds the turn, then its velocity is not constant.Velocity is a thing that has magnitude and direction. The magnitude is what we call "speed".If the direction is changing, then the velocity is changing, even if the speed is constant.

No. A body with constant velocity is either stationary or going at constant speed in a constant direction. The usual interpretation of speed and velocity goes like this. A velocity is a vector with magnitude and direction. The magnitude is usually called its speed. Changing a speed must change the length of the vector and changing the length of the velocity vector has to change the velocity.

constant velocity means no acceleration. An object can be moving at constant speed, like a satellite in orbit, but its velocity is changing because direction is changing

It can have a constant speed, and a changing velocity, but it cannot have the two at the same time. Remember: Velocity = speed with a directional component.

Yes. Velocity is a quantity that has both magnitude and direction. Speed is the magnitude of velocity. If speed is constant but the direction is changing, then the velocity is changing. An example is a car turning a corner without slowing down.

Because its velocity is changing all the time. The speed is constant, the velocity is not.

Because "velocity" consists of a speed and a direction. If the direction is changing, then the velocity is changing, even though the speed isn't. And here's another one for you: "Acceleration" means any change in velocity. So if the race car is going around an oval track at a constant speed, it's accelerating. ==&gt; Because its velocity is changing. ==&gt; Because its direction is changing. ==&gt; All at constant speed.

The velocity is changing and is not constant. Velocity is speed as well as direction so there is a continuous change in velocity which means there is acceleration.

"Velocity" means the speed of the object and the direction in which it's moving.If the direction changes, then the velocity has changed, even though the speedmay be constant.

No, it is not. Basically speed is a scalar whereas velocity is a vector.A car going round a circular track at constant speed has a velocity which is changing at every moment.

Velocity is a vector. A vector has a magnitude and a direction. The scalar or magnitude portion of velocity is speed. Velocity is a constant only when both the speed and direction are not varying. Hence, when the speed is changing, the velocity cannot be a constant.

No. The direction keeps changing. Constant velocity means constant speed in a straight line.

No. The linear velocity can never be equal when speed is constant. This is because direction is changing and therefore linear velocity changes.

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