# Questions tagged [velocity]

The time rate of change of the position of an object

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### Does throwing a penny at a train stop the train?

If I stand in front of a train and throw a penny at it, the penny will bounce back at me. For the penny to reverse its direction, at some point its velocity must go to zero. This is the point it hits ...
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### If I run along the aisle of a bus traveling at (almost) the speed of light, can I travel faster than the speed of light?

Let's say I fire a bus through space at (almost) the speed of light in vacuum. If I'm inside the bus (sitting on the back seat) and I run up the aisle of the bus toward the front, does that mean I'm ...
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### Why does a free-falling body experience no force despite accelerating?

Note: For the purposes of my question, when I refer to free fall assume it takes place in a vacuum. From my (admittedly weak) understanding of the equivalence principle, falling in a gravitational ...
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### Why doesn't a braking car move backwards?

The net force on an object is equal to the mass times the acceleration, $F = ma$ When I brake on a (moving) car, the net force is negative, therefore causing the resulting acceleration to also be ...
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### Can water falling from a tap follow a spiral path?

The faucet design depicted below is driving me crazy. The water falling from the tap appears to follow a spiral path. No one seems to agree whether it is physically possible for the water to spin in ...
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### Is it possible to estimate the speed of a passing vehicle using a musical ear and the doppler effect?

I've found a number of questions that concern the Doppler effect, but none that seem to address my question. I have a background in music. People with a musical ear can generally tell the ratio ...
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### Can one determine the speed of the rain from the shape of the rainbow?

I was watching the rainbow today and started thinking about the effects of the rain falling in different directions. The idea I had was that normally we model rain drops as small spheres, and this ...
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### Why don't things get destroyed by gas molecules flying around?

Gas molecules go at an insane velocity, and though they are miniscule, yet there is a LOT of them. Of course, because of all these molecules hurtling around, there is air pressure; yet if you envision ...
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### Why does a bowling ball roll down faster on a slope than a tennis ball, yet both hits the ground at the same time if they're dropped from the rooftop? [closed]

If a tennis ball and a bowling ball are dropped of a rooftop, they hit the ground at the same time. But if they are rolled down a slope, the bowling ball rolls faster. Why?