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Two charged objects are held at rest a distance $d$ apart in space. Object A has mass $m$ and charge $q$. Object B has mass $2m$ and charge $2q$. When the objects are released simultaneously object A begins accelerating at a rate of $a$ away from the initial position of object B due to the electric field generated by object B.

Which statement below correctly describes the initial acceleration of object B in the reference frame of its initial position due only to the electric field generated by object A? (In other words, assume any gravitational interaction between the objects is negligible).

A

Object B accelerates at a rate of $a$ toward object A.

B

Object B accelerates at a rate of $a/2$ toward object A.

C

Object B accelerates at a rate of $a/2$ away from object A.

D

Object B accelerates at a rate of $a/4$ away from object A.

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