# How to find average acceleration? a bird is flying south at 8 m/s. the bird veers and changes velocity to 6 m/s east over a 2 second period. What is the average acceleration (magnitude and direction) during this 2 second interval?

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Aug 23, 2016

#### Explanation:

by definition average acceleration over time

using W-E as positive Cartesian x-direction and S-N as positive y direction, we have

from that we can calculate the magnitude of the average acceleration as

it's direction, where