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Homework Help: Trouble with drawing vector diagrams.

  1. Aug 21, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Total time 2min, duck travels 22 m 36degree N of E,then 65m E 25degree S.


    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
    i understand 36 N of E but what is E 25 degree S.
     
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  3. Aug 21, 2008 #2

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    "E 25 degrees S" is the same as "25 degrees S of E": If "East" is to the right, then "E 25 degrees S" is at an angle 25 degrees below the horizontal. You can interpret "E 25 degrees S" as "first go E then go S until you reach an angle of 25 degrees".
     
  4. Aug 21, 2008 #3
    Yes, it's just two different ways of writing vectors. It can be frustrating to new students of vectors. In my school, the math teachers write E25S but I usually write 25 S of E. I'm not sure which is better, sometimes I think I should just do it the way the math teachers do.
     
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