When will the velocity of a particle be perpendicular to it's initial velocity?
Actually @Ocelo7 has already answered it; I am just showing that in a concise way:
Velocity can be found by differentiating the positionvector:$$\dot{\mathbf{r}}= \mathbf{v}(t) = 10\mathtt{\hat{ i}} + (20  10t)\mathtt{\hat{j}}$$ .
Assuming the initial time is $t_0$ & the required time is $t$, we shall use the property $$\mathbf{v}_{t_0}\cdot \mathbf{v_\perp}_{t} = 0 ^1\\\\\\\ \implies 10\cdot 10 \mathtt{\hat{i}}\cdot \mathtt{\hat{i}} + \{\ldots\}\mathtt{\hat {i}}\cdot \mathtt{\hat{j}} + (20  t_0)\cdot (20t)\mathtt{\hat{j}}\cdot\mathtt{\hat{j}} = 0 \implies (20t_0)t=100 + 400 20t_0 $$ . Now, only need to know what $t_0$ is.
$^1$I am assuming you know the relation, but if you don't then here is the little proof:
$\mathbf{A}\cdot \mathbf{B} = AB\cos\theta \implies \mathbf{A}\cdot \mathbf{B_{\perp A}} = AB \cos\left(\frac{\pi}{2}\right) = 0$
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Updated on May 17, 2020Comments

Helix over 2 years
I am learning kinematics with vector analysis. I was given the position equation:$\mathbf{r} = 10t\hat{\mathtt{i}} + (20t5t^2)\hat{\mathtt{j}}$. It asks me the time when the velocity of the particle will be perpendicular to its initial velocity. The teacher taught us how to solve it, but I didn't get the concept. Can someone explain the concept? I remembered him solving this problem by using either dot product or cross product of vector. I expect the explanation will not be too difficult for high school student.

Ryan Unger over 7 yearsHint: you are looking for the condition $\mathbb{v}_i\cdot \mathbb{v}_f=0$, where $\cdot$ is the dot product.

Carl Witthoft over 7 yearsHi. Please follow the posting guidelines,to wit: post the actual problem in question and what you've done to attempt to solve it.

Helix over 7 yearsHi thank you. Well Carl actually when posting this question I bear in mind not to ask "please do my homework" question. So I wanted someone to explain the concept. Just like 0celo7 had posted, I wanted to know why we use . Product instead of cross and so on. i'll edit the post.

Admin over 7 yearsInitial means $t=0$?


Helix over 7 yearsThank you for answering the question, incase the cos tetha is not 0, how can we calculate it ? I meant the AB in the right side of the equation. Just because cos tetha is 0 then it's easier, how about if it's not 0. Thanks

Admin over 7 years@HelixTicks; In that case, you need some additional info.

Helix over 7 yearscan you give me a reference on that ? A web site is preferable. I love this topic and hated missing some pieces of information about it

Admin over 7 yearsOkay, can you specify what you want to know? Which stuff've you missed?? I may help if you provide details of your query:)

Helix over 7 yearsThe things I missed but trying to comprehend :

Admin over 7 yearsWhat .............??

Helix over 7 years1.So if we want the scalar result of the product of 2 vectors, we use the dot product ? 2. Else, if we want the result in vector form, we use cross product ? 3. Then if the angle between the 2 vectors is not 90 degree, how do we calculate the dot product ? For instance cos 45 is not 0. I mean I know how to solve the left side of the equation but no the right side. Just because cos 90 is 0 then we just put 0. How about the 45 degree thing ? Thank you. Sorry for making 2 comments, intented to make new line.

Admin over 7 yearsSee, for these sort of problems, there will be some additional information provided to you; I cannot remember a good numerical problem, but if you start solving problems which many good books do provide, then you'll conceive what I'm talking of; you just need to face the problems.

Admin over 7 yearsYou aren't understanding the use of cross product; if you want to know the answers of your query, you have to do many numericalproblems. Each question provides a possible(specific) scenario; how you use them simply depends on you. Why have I used dot product?? Because I know any vector $\perp$ to another one has their dot product $0$; why not crossproduct?? Because it's simply irrelevent & worthless to use it here; you know the two vectors & $\sin 90^\circ$ & hence the crossproduct. So, what? How could you use it here? Along what thing would you equate the crossproduct?? You could use it..

Admin over 7 years..if some additional info were given like the value of the crossproduct. So, it is better to grab a good book & start numericals; they will enrich you with new facts. BTW, I advise you to first strengthen your mathknowledge like differential & integral calculus; transformations of graphs, series & convergence etc; they will help you in facing the numericals at ease:)

Helix over 7 yearsThank you user for guiding this problem. Hmm, I suggest you get a more humanlike name. I mean it's awkward to use such robotic name. Here is the problem I faced, I like to learning everything totally. I mean understand it. But the education here are quite broken. I was taught vectors when I've not learnt any trigonometry. And for differential and integral, I was just given the differential and integral of this is this, I learnt nothing about "why". So this is just to give you some image why I'm like a screwed up student. Any good book would you suggest for me to learn from beginning ?

Admin over 7 yearsWhat, maths or physics? BTW, which country are you from & what semester or class are you reading?

Helix over 7 yearsI'm Indonesian. I'm currently in 2nd senior high school. We just did some curriculum resuffle, so it's kind of broken. I can't really give a good comparison of our system here so you can suggest easier. I learnt kinematics and vector. For math it's around inequality(graph) and sequence & series. Both math and physics will be nice :)

Admin over 7 yearsFor physics, I'll prefer MIT introductory Physics by A.P.French & Berkeley Physics Course; also, you ought follow Lectures Of Physics by Richard Feynman; BTW, for numerical problems.....

Admin over 7 years, you can check Concepts of Physics by H.C.Verma; you can check physics.stackexchange.com/questions/12175/bookrecommendations also for further recommendations.

Admin over 7 yearsFor calculus, I do follow Richrd Courant's books; I, however prefer Paul's notes(you can google it) for lucid explanation.