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Problems with vectors

  1. Apr 1, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In an assembly operation illustrated in Figure P1.49, a ro-bot moves an object first straight upward and then also tothe east, around an arc forming one quarter of a circle of radius 4.80cm that lies in an east–west vertical plane. Therobot then moves the object upward and to the north,through a quarter of a circle of radius 3.70cm that lies in anorth–south vertical plane. Find (a) the magnitude of thetotal displacement of the object and (b) the angle the totaldisplacement makes with the vertical.
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    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    [tex]C_{1}/4=2πr=2π(4.80cm)/4=7.55[/tex]
    [tex]A^→=(7.55,0)cm[/tex]
    [tex]C_{2}/4=2πr=2π(3.70cm)/4=5.81[/tex]
    [tex]B^→=(0, 5.81)cm[/tex]
    [tex]R^→=A^→+B^→=(7.55, 5.81)cm[/tex]
    [tex]R=sqrt(7.55^2+5.81^2)=9.52cm[/tex]
    [tex]σ=37.6°[/tex];
    the results is 10.4 cm and 35.5°.
     
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  3. Apr 1, 2012 #2
    Your C1 and C2 appear to be curved lengths. Does Pythagoras theorem apply to curved lengths?
     
  4. Apr 1, 2012 #3
    no, but i have no idea how to solve.
     
  5. Apr 1, 2012 #4
    How about applying a spherical polar coordinate system and integrate over a line describing the path i.e. do two seperate integrations and add them up.
     
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