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Playground Ride Acceleration

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The picture below shows a child (small brown circle) from above on a playground ride (large blue circle) that spins horizontally. The red arrows show the direction of rotation of the ride.

The ride is NOT rotating at constant speed, but is slowing down.

Which of the following arrows best represents the direction of the acceleration of the child at the location in the picture?

A

$\rightarrow$

B

$\searrow$

C

$\uparrow$

D

$\nearrow$

E

$\downarrow$