# What is the question looking for?

1. Sep 26, 2008

### I_LuV_FiZiX

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A mouse starts at position (-2 m, 0.5 m), relative to a piece of cheese at the origin, and follows the path shown in the x-y graph below. Find the position vector of the mouse at point C and enter your answer in component form.

2. Relevant equations
The co-ordianates of point C are (3 m, -5.4m)

3. The attempt at a solution
Well I can't put a picture of the graph up on here, so if there is any information left out that the graph may contain please let me know.

There are 2 answer slots, one for each component of the answer i guess. In my first attempt I entered 8.84m in the first slot and 38degrees in the second (obtained these from constructing a triangle and using trigonometry), but i was told my units must both be meters. So I put in the co-ordinates of the point itself and that is still wrong. Any help would be greatly appreciated

2. Sep 26, 2008

### jrzygrl

The first component is the x and the second is the y. I'm assuming the path the mouse took was a straight line so basically you compare the points in terms of change in x and change in y. How much did the mouse move in the x direction to get to point C? How much did the mouse move in the y direction to get to point C?

I'm not 100% if this is correct (assumed a straight line) but this seems to be the way to approach the problem.

3. Sep 26, 2008

### I_LuV_FiZiX

change in x and change in y from where? the origin? Those would just be the co-ordinates of the point C, which i already entered, wouldnt they?

4. Sep 26, 2008

### jrzygrl

No, it is the change from where the mouse orginally started (-2m, .5m).

5. Sep 26, 2008

### I_LuV_FiZiX

Oh okay thanks! I got it now.