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### Physics For Scientists & Engineers

Book edition 9th Edition
Author(s) Raymond A. Serway, John W. Jewett
Pages 1624 pages
ISBN 9781133947271

# If a car is traveling eastward, can its acceleration be westward? Explain.

If a car is traveling eastward, its acceleration can be westward.

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## Step 1: Define acceleration.

Acceleration can be defined as the change in velocity to the change in time.

## Step 2: Determine the direction of acceleration.

If a car slows down but still travels east, its acceleration is actually in the westward or the opposite direction.

An object can't keep going east and speed towards the west indefinitely. It will eventually come to a halt due to the acceleration and then begin traveling westward. However, an object can still move to the east while accelerating to the west for a length of time.

Thus, if a car is traveling eastward, its acceleration can be westward.