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# When a particle is in motion its velocity is always in the direction of motion?

Updated: 4/28/2022 Wiki User

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This is true by definition. Motion is defined by difference in position occurring as a function of time, and "velocity" is is thethree-dimensional vector which quantifies that motion. To simplify the concept to a single dimension, if "x" is the position of a particle on a line at any instant of time, then the velocity of the particle is defined as dx/dt, that is, the change in position x divided by the change in time as the change in time approaches zero as a limit. Wiki User

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Disturbance in particle motion parallel to the wave velocity is called a longitudinal wave. Disturbance in particle motion perpendicular to the wave velocity is called a transverse wave.

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### Can uniform velocity appear in circular motion?

No.. this is impossible. Velocity must have a constant direction and speed to remain constant, it may have a constant speed, but the direction in a circle constantly changes. If it suddenly were to have constant direction, then the motion would go off on a tangent.. making it linear motion, not circular. In circular motion, velocity constantly changes. Always.

### Is Accelerated is related to the statement Circular motion with uniform speed?

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### Why is a particle in uniform circular motion not moving at a constant velocity?

No. Velocity has direction and magnitude. The magnitude can be constant, but if the body is in circular motion, the direction of the movement is constantly changing, which means that the velocity is constantly changing. Changing velocity means that the body is accelerating. In this case, because the motion of the body is always changing away from a straight line to cause it to go round the circle, the acceleration acts towards the centre of the circle.

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### If a ferris wheel is rotating at constant speed is it moving at a constant velocity?

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