(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A 14.0 bucket is lowered vertically by a rope in which there is 169 of tension at a given instant.

What is the acceleration of the bucket?

Is it up or down?

2. Relevant equations

F = ma

3. The attempt at a solution

F / m = a

(169 N) / (14 kg ) = 9.81 m/s^2 - x

12.07 m / s ^2 - 9.81 m/s^2 = - x

2.3 m/s^2 = - x

-2.3 m/s^2 = x

I initially thought the acceleration of the bucket was down because of what I got for "x" but that is incorrect. Is the acceleration of the bucket up because 9.81 - (-2.3 ) = +12.07 ?

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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# Homework Help: Acceleration of a Bucket and Tension Forces

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