Can Velocity Be Negative?


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An object in motion has a negative velocity when the movement is in the negative direction relative to the observer. Whether velocity is positive or negative only indicates the direction of the movement of an object.

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The velocity of an object indicates the rate of distance traveled over time. Velocity is a vector that measures speed and direction. The speed of an object cannot be less than 0, because an object at rest has no velocity, as velocity indicates movement. A moving object with a speed that is decreasing over time has a negative acceleration, rather than a negative speed.

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