Constant Negative Velocity

Observe that the object below moves with a constant velocity in the negative direction. The dot diagram shows that each consecutive dot is the same distance apart (i.e., a constant velocity). The position-time graph shows that the slope is both constant (meaning a constant velocity) and negative (meaning a negative velocity). The velocity-time graph shows a horizontal line with zero slope (meaning that there is zero acceleration); the line is located in the negative region of the graph (corresponding to a negative velocity). The acceleration-time graph shows a horizontal line at the zero mark (meaning zero acceleration).

Animation of Constant Negative Velocity

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Ticker Tape Diagrams

Position-Time Graphs

Velocity-Time Graphs

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