Valrie W.

asked • 05/05/18# What the acceleration of an ant moving across the floor

## 1 Expert Answer

Jeff K. answered • 05/21/20

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Hi Valrie:

You don't mention whether the ant is jsut starting out from rest or moving steadily across the floor. I will assume the latter case.

The definition of acceleration is the time rate of change of motion, that is, change of speed, v, with time t, or mathematically dv/dt.

If the ant is moving across the floor at a constant speed - as ants typically do - then, there is no change of speed and so dv = 0.

Therefore, the ant's acceleration is zero.

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