# What is the particle's distance from the origin

The position of a particle as a function of time is given by r = (6.50 ihat + 3.10 jhat)t^2 , where t is in seconds.

What is the particle's distance from the origin at t_1 = 2.6 seconds?
What is the particle's distance from the origin at t_2 = 6.2 seconds?

What is the particle's speed at t = 2.6 seconds?
What is the particle's speed at t = 6.2 seconds?

I know that at t = 0 seconds the particle is 0 meters away and has a speed of 0 m/.

How do I go about solving for the other questions?

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Well I figured out that the magnitude of the vector r = (6.5+3.1)t^2 meters is 7.20.

Therefore I solved t = 2.6s.... 7.2 x 2.6^2 = 48.7 meters and t = 6.2 s.... 7.2 x 6.2^2 = 276.8 meters.

But now I am not sure of how to solve for the particle's speed?

Any help would be great.

Thanks

CompuChip
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Well I figured out that the magnitude of the vector r = (6.5+3.1)t^2 meters is 7.20t^2.
You forgot to write a $t^2$ after the number, but I think you did it correct as you get the correct answer.

In one dimension, if the position of the particle is given by x(t), the velocity is given by x'(t). The same is true for (in this case) two dimensions: the derivative of the vector r(t) will give you the velocity vector v(t) = r'(t).

So r'(t) = v(t)

I am not getting the right answer so maybe I am doing something wrong when taking the derivative..

r'(t) = 2(6.5+3.1)t or 19.2t Correct???

CompuChip
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No, the derivative is again a vector. It's not a number. If $r(t) = (x(t), y(t), z(t)$ in three dimensions, where x, y and z are just functions of t (the components of the vector), then $r'(t) = (x'(t), y'(t), z'(t))$ - the components are the derivatives of the original vector.
In this case $r(t) = \left( 6.50 t^2 \hat \i + 3.10 t^2 \hat \j \right)$. The derivative is then
$$r'(t) = \left( \frac{d}{dt} 6.50 t^2 \hat \i + \frac{d}{dt} 3.10 t^2 \hat \j \right) = \left( 2 \times 6.50 t \hat \i + 2 \times 3.10 t \hat \j \right),$$
which you can write as
$$r'(t) = (6.50 \hat \i + 3.10 \hat \j) 2 t$$.

I made the attached (very ugly!) image to show what I mean. The v(t) vector is supposed to be tangent to the black path of the object.

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TonkaQD4, did you get the correct answer using that^ equation? If so what is it because I can't seem to get it.

CompuChip