# Vector problem with traveling car

ThomasMagnus
A car is driven 215 km west then 85km south west. Find the resultant displacement (magnitude and direction) from the Point of origin.

My solution would be to resolve the two vectors into components. How can I do this if there is no angle given?

In the solution to the problem, they are using 45 degrees as the angle. Where does the 45 come from? If you are not given an angle are you to assume the angle is 45 degrees?

Thanks!

## Answers and Replies

chris_0101

The angle is given, its just not in numerical form. The question states 85km south west, that south west indicates 45 degrees.

hope this helps

-Chris

WolfeSieben

For vectors, the total displacement is from the origin to the final location.

Try drawing this problem out.

For example, you drive 5km east, and 5 km south. Our human logic states that we drove 10 km. however, this isn't the displacement. We've only displaced ourselves by the hypotenuse of the 2 directions. In this case our 10 km 'drive' displaced us: the root of 5^2 + 5^2 (Pythagoras theory: A^2 + B^2 = C^2) = 7.07km.

To summarize, we drove for 10km, but were only displaced by 7.07km.

Hope this helps.

ThomasMagnus

Great thanks!