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Motion with constant velocity

An object moving in 3 dimensions with constant velocity ${\bf v}$ possesses a vector displacement of the form
{\bf r}(t) = {\bf r}_0 + {\bf v} t,
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where the constant vector ${\bf r}_0$ is the displacement at time $t=0$. Note that $d{\bf r}/dt = {\bf v}$ and $d^2{\bf r}/dt^2={\bf0}$, as expected. As illustrated in Fig. 14, the object's trajectory is a straight-line which passes through point ${\bf r}_0$ at time $t=0$ and runs parallel to vector ${\bf v}$.

Figure 14: Motion with constant velocity
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Richard Fitzpatrick 2006-02-02