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Displacement, velocity and acceleration

  1. Sep 21, 2009 #1
    A Whale Swims due east for a distance of 3.71km, turns around and goes due west for 3.29km, and finally turns around again and heads 7.69km due east. What is the magnitude of the displacement of the whale?

    I tries to solve it using the x=xfinal-x initial
    3.29-3.71=-0.42
    -0.42-7.29=-8.11km
    and my final answer was -8.11km but it's wrong...What am i doing wrong?
     
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  3. Sep 21, 2009 #2

    Redbelly98

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    Perhaps they want the answer given as magnitude and direction, i.e. "east" or "west".

    Or perhaps they want you to use east as the positive direction, not negative as you did.
     
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