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Acceleration

You can be speeding along on a bobsled and NOT be accelerating. You can have fallen from an airplane, without a parachute, and NOT be accelerating.

Yet, if you're slowing down, you ARE accelerating. Confused? Investigate this change in velocity over time.

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