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a) Calculate the total distance traversed by the car.

b) Calculate the total displacement of the car.

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a) Calculate the total distance traversed by the car.

b) Calculate the total displacement of the car.

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No, the total displacement is from point A to point Z no matter how many B's or C's or D's you had to go through to get there. They're asking for a straight line change in position from your original point.angina1 said:

Displacement vs. distance transversed is two different things. Displacement is the absolute end result of how far you are from point A. Distance transversed is the actual distance of the path you took during the whole trip.

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The total

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so the total displacement is going to be 700m

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No, did you draw the diagram?

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but the displacement's formula is final value-initial value, an the rf=1200m ant the initial=500

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Positions are two-dimensional in this case; distances, in general, cannot be found by only using a single number.

The original position of the car is (0,0), while the final position is (500, -1200). You need to draw a picture of the path the car takes, and use geometry to find the resulting distance, as we have now said several times.

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thank you so much for your help

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however, with displacement youd have to do the pythagorean theorem

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