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Homework Help: Need Some Help With Displacement =)

  1. Feb 12, 2010 #1
    Need Some Help With Displacement...plz =)

    I'm working independently on Grade 11 Physics, and ran across a displacement question I need some help with. So here goes:

    1. Jessie drove north at 45km/h for 20 min, then turned West and drove at 54km/h for 27min. Finally she drove South at 18km/h for 6.4 min. Find her displacement



    2. According to my notes Displacement= the difference from final position to initial position



    The final answer according to the book is 28km[W 28degrees N] but I have no idea how to get this answer. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!
     
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  3. Feb 12, 2010 #2

    jhae2.718

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    Re: Need Some Help With Displacement...plz =)

    Draw out the displacements (displacement=speed*time) and then find the distance between the final position and the initial position. Then use trigonometry to find the angle.

    So, draw a line from the origin north for the distance specified, then from there the distance west and then from the end of that distance draw the distance south. Then find the distance between where the path ended and started.

    You could also write the displacements as vectors and add them together.
     
  4. Feb 12, 2010 #3
    Re: Need Some Help With Displacement...plz =)

    Great =) Very helpful, thanks for the quick reply.

    So there's no way to calculate it without drawing the vectors, or using Trig?
     
  5. Feb 12, 2010 #4

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    Re: Need Some Help With Displacement...plz =)

    The trig is just to find the angle, and all you really need is the arctangent.

    With vectors, take the arctangent of the vertical component divided by the horizontal component.
     
  6. Feb 12, 2010 #5
    Re: Need Some Help With Displacement...plz =)

    Great =) thank for the help!
     
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