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Homework Help: Particals along a straight line

  1. Jul 22, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Starting from rest, a particle confined to move along a straight line is accelerated at a rate of 5 m/s^2.

    2. Relevant equations
    Does this mean that each second the particle's speed increases by 5m/s^2, or does it's speed stay at 5 m/s^2 and travels only 5 meters per second?
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  3. Jul 22, 2007 #2


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    To help you answer your own question, I'll ask you a different one.

    What is the definition of acceleration? If you know this, then you should be able to pick the right choice of the question you posed.
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