Finding the magnitude of velocity given vx and vy

chelseaalyssa

1. Homework Statement
I am working on a lab, and I have come up with graphs (and the data set) for vy vs. time and vx vs. time, but I'm not sure how to determine v? I just need to come up with the equation so solve for v, but we haven't done anything calc oriented in the course yet.

2. Homework Equations

3. The Attempt at a Solution

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Fightfish

It has nothing to do with calculus, just simple vector addition. The horizontal component of v is vx while the vertical component of v is vy. Hence, by Pythagora's theorem, we have $$v^{2} = v_{x}^{2} + v_{y}^{2}$$

kuruman

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Have you seen vectors? There is a right triangle with vx as one right side and vy as the other. You are looking for the speed v which is the hypotenuse of the triangle. So ...

chelseaalyssa

Okay thank you both for your help.
I guess I just misunderstood the question, we have covered adding vectors in the course so I am able to do that.

thanks again!

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