1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A 14.0kg bucket is lowered vertically by a rope in which there is 163N of tension at a given instant. What is the acceleration of the bucket. 2. Relevant equations ƩF = may 3. The attempt at a solution I know how to solve this but I got it wrong because of the signs. Since the bucket was being lowered I thought that downward was going to be positive, but the correct solution says that up is positive; WHY?