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SAT® Subject Test in Physics

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Empty Roller Coaster Car

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An empty roller coaster car flies off the track at the very top of a high hill with a circular shape. The roller coaster is moving perfectly horizontally as it leaves the track.

Which combination of arrows best represents the possible directions of the car's velocity right as it leaves the track and a second later?

A
when car leaves track one second later
$\longrightarrow$ $\searrow$
B
when car leaves track one second later
$\longrightarrow$ $\downarrow$
C
when car leaves track one second later
$\longrightarrow$ $\longrightarrow$
D
when car leaves track one second later
$\nearrow$ $\searrow$
E
when car leaves track one second later
$\searrow$ $\nearrow$