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Pythagorean Theorem to find the resultant

  1. Sep 11, 2008 #1
    A man walks 5 blocks east, then turns 10 blocks north, then walks 5 more block east.

    Total displacement____?

    is it...

    10^2 + 10^2 = c^2

    (Square root 200)=c^2

    14.14 = c^2

    is this right?
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 11, 2008 #2
    Yes. Try to think of the paths as vectors where you can rearrange them how you choose.

    http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/GBSSCI/PHYS/Class/vectors/u3l1b.html [Broken]
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