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    I was looking at the solutions for a question and I saw that the velocity is given a minus. Is this because the object is falling down?

    Oh and if a object is thrown upwards from 10m of the ground, the displacement would be -10 right???


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    (Original post by ksj.11)
    I was looking at the solutions for a question and I saw that the velocity is given a minus. Is this because the object is falling down?

    Oh and if a object is thrown upwards from 10m of the ground, the displacement would be -10 right???


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    The velocity is most likely minus as it is going in the opposite direction you considered positive e.g Taking upwards as positive and ending up with the object falling downwards would give negative velocity

    If you are saying the object then ends up on the ground then yes at the end it is -10
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    (Original post by Moogle679)
    The velocity is most likely minus as it is going in the opposite direction you considered positive e.g Taking upwards as positive and ending up with the object falling downwards would give negative velocity

    If you are saying the object then ends up on the ground then yes at the end it is -10
    so if its going upwards U is positive and went its coming down V would be negative?


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    (Original post by ksj.11)
    so if its going upwards U is positive and went its coming down V would be negative?


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    Yes I assume you are talking about SUVAT
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    You choose which direction you want to call positive and then adjust the signs accordingly
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    (Original post by ksj.11)
    so if its going upwards U is positive and went its coming down V would be negative?


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    U and V are two velocities at different times, this does not dictate whether you put a minus or not. By convention, you take upwards as the positive direction therefore any object moving upwards would have its velocity as +k ms-1 and any objecting moving down would have a velocity of -m ms-1.

    If you throw an object upwards, and it travels a maximum height of 10m, then the displacement is +10m AT that height. If that object falls into a hole in the ground that is 6m deep, then the displacement would be -6m. The displacement is the vector by which an object has been displaced, ie moved away from the starting position.
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    (Original post by RDKGames)
    U and V are two velocities at different times, this does not dictate whether you put a minus or not. By convention, you take upwards as the positive direction therefore any object moving upwards would have its velocity as +k ms-1 and any objecting moving down would have a velocity of -m ms-1.

    If you throw an object upwards, and it travels a maximum height of 10m, then the displacement is +10m AT that height. If that object falls into a hole in the ground that is 6m deep, then the displacement would be -6m. The displacement is the vector by which an object has been displaced, ie moved away from the starting position.
    thank you!!


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