A particle is moving along the x-axis. Its position at time t>0 is e^(2-t). What is its acceleration when t=2?

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the position in the x direction is given by,

`x = e^((2-t)) --- (1)`

` ` now the acceleration in the x direction is given by, ` ``(d^2x)/dt^2`

lets differenciate the equation (1) to obtain an expression for the acceleration

`x = e^((2-t))`

`dx/dt = -e^((2-t))`

`(d^2x)/dt^2 = e^((2-t))`

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` ` when t = 2,` `

`(d^2x)/dt^2 = e^((2-t)) = e^((2-2)) = e^0 = 1`

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Hence the acceleration when t = 2 is 1

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