# One more Vector problem and we are good to go

1. Sep 25, 2006

### junior_J

One more Vector problem and we are good to go!!!

The Problem:
Find the change in velocity of a yacht if it changes its velocity from
5ms^-1 due north to 3ms^-1 due west and also state its direction.

The solution :
(resultant vel.)^2 = 5^2 + 3^2 = 5.8 ms^-1
direction = tan-1(3/5) = 31 degrees west of north

However , the books answer is 5.8 ms^-1 in a direction 31 degrees west of south . what am i doing wrong here ???

2. Sep 25, 2006

Draw down the vectors and it should become clear why the direction is 31 degrees west of south. Btw, the change equals $$\vec{v}_{2}-\vec{v}_{1}$$.

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3. Sep 25, 2006

### junior_J

I did draw it but unless south means up and norths means down on paper I dont know what ur getting at lolz I wanna tear my book apart !!!!!!

4. Sep 25, 2006

### junior_J

err .... got it !!! im so embarrased !!!

thank you !!! :)

5. Sep 25, 2006

$$\vec{v}_{1}$$ is pointing north (up). $$\vec{v}_{2}$$ is pointing west (left). $$\vec{v}_{2}-\vec{v}_{1}$$ is then pointing south-west.