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If a subway train is moving to the left (has a negative velocity) and then comes to a stop, what is the direction of its acceleration? Is the acceleration positive or negative?

The acceleration will be in the right direction. The acceleration will be shown as positive.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Acceleration and its direction

In terms of both speed and direction, acceleration is the rate at which velocity varies with time. Acceleration is a vector quantity since it has both a magnitude and a direction.

Step 2: Acceleration of train

Here we have to consider the velocity of the train initially, which is moving in the left direction has magnitude V m/s and the direction can be negative sign ass mentioned in the question.

  • The initial velocity of the train = V m/s.
  • The train is stopped after some time T.
  • The final velocity of the train will be = 0 m/s.

Applying the formula of acceleration as:

a=ΔVTa=Final velocity  Intial velocityTimea=0(V)Ta=VT m/s2

Hence it can be said that the train had a positive acceleration, which is opposite to that of the velocity of the train.

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