# How to find displacement in vector diagram?

1. Mar 22, 2013

### karis scherer

how to find displacement in vector diagram???

My homework question states :
"Mr. Hinsley walks north 252 m, east 512 m, south 35.5 m and finally west 256 m. What is the total distance traveled? What is his displacement?"

I got that the total distance = 1096 m
However i am having trouble finding the displacement. i made a vector diagram but don't quite know how to use it to find the displacement.

! combined north and south. i also combined east and west. i came to the conclusion that he ended up at 176.5 m north and 256 m east. i just don't know what to do from here.
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Mar 23, 2013

### Simon Bridge

Each leg of the journey is a displacement. Displacement, as you've realized, is a vector.
The sum of all the displacement vectors is the total displacement.
Do you know how to add vectors?

3. Mar 23, 2013

### Staff: Mentor

Draw a line from the origin to your point. You should now see a right triangle. Use the pythagorean theorem.