Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (4th Edition)

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Chapter 1 - Concepts of Motion - Conceptual Questions: 4

Answer

Negative $a_x$

Work Step by Step

Because the velocity vectors get longer for each time step, the object is speeding up as it travels to the left. The acceleration vector then is pointing in the same direction as the velocity, so the acceleration vector is also pointing to the left. Because left is negative in our convention, $a_x$ is negative.
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