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Find the total distance traveled?

  1. Oct 24, 2011 #1
    An object moves along the x – axis and the position of the object at is given by

    x(t) = 2 + (3/pi) - (3/pi)(cos(pi/3)t)

    How do I find the total distance traveled by the object over the time interval 0≤t≤4.5

    any help pls? I don't even know where to start. PLEASE!
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  3. Oct 25, 2011 #2


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    First take the derivative to determine the speed, v. When is v 0? Those are the only times the direction of motion. changes You can then determine the distance movied during each interval by calculating x for those times when v=0 and subtracting x values for consecutive values of t. Of course, some of those will be negative. Add the absolute values to find the total distance moved.
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