##### Asked by: Lauralee Paes

asked in category: General Last Updated: 22nd March, 2020# Can you go around a curve with constant acceleration?

**go around**the

**curved**path with zero

**acceleration**.

**Acceleration**is change in velocity. And velocity( speed+ direction) changes at every point in a

**curved**path because there is change in direction at every point.

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Also question is, can a car go around a curve with constant acceleration?

Is it possible to round a **curve** with (b) **zero acceleration** and (c) a **constant** magnitude of **acceleration**? ——— (a) Yes. Rounding a **curve** at **constant** speed means you are **accelerating** toward the center of the circle. Even though your speed is **constant**, your velocity vector is changing, so your **acceleration** is nonzero.

One may also ask, would you consider a car turning around a corner at a constant speed to be accelerating? In fact, a **car accelerates** whenever its velocity is changed by either changing the **speed** or the direction of the **car's** motion. So, even if **you are** driving your **car** at a **constant speed** while **turning around a corner**, **you are** still **accelerating**.

Just so, how can an object have a constant speed but still accelerate?

An **object's acceleration** is the rate its **velocity** (**speed and** direction) changes. Therefore, an **object can accelerate** even if its **speed** is **constant** - if its direction changes. Since it travels in a straight line, its direction **does** not change. Light travels at a **constant speed**, so its **speed** never changes, either.

What does constant acceleration mean?

**Definition** of **Constant Acceleration** This **means** that whenever you slow down or speed up, you are **accelerating**. **Constant acceleration** is an even more specific type of accelerated motion. An object that travels with **constant acceleration** has a speed that changes by the same amount each second.