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Homework Help: Vector diagram question

  1. Aug 9, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A disoriented bird flies 5.18 km east, then 6.2 km north, and then 2.05 km west. What is the magnitude and direction of the resultant displacement? (using the method of components)


    3. The attempt at a solution

    When I draw a diagram, the resulting figure is a trapezoid. Should I just find the missing side and angle using the pythagorean theorem and trig functions?
     
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2008
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  3. Aug 9, 2008 #2

    Doc Al

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    Re: Vecotr question

    You could, but why don't you solve it as instructed, using the method of components. That will be really easy.
     
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