Posted by tumcee on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 2:28pm.
A person walks from point A to point B as shown in the figure below. What is the person's displacement relative to A?
What is the magnitude?
What is the direction ° (counterclockwise from the +xaxis)?

college physics  drwls, Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 4:14pm
OK, I found the figure at
http://www.webassign.net/wb/330.gif
All you have to do is use a little trig and add up the vertical and horizontal displacements.
Four vectors are being added. In the +y direction, the change in position is
Y = 20 sin 30 + 30  20 sin 45
= 25.86 m
You do the +x displacement, which is
X = 20 cos30 40 + 20 cos 45, which is a negative number.
Use the Pythagorean theorem for the magnitude of the displacement.
The direction angle is in the second quadrant and the tangent of the angle from the +X axis is Y/X

college physics  Wow, Monday, October 27, 2014 at 7:42pm
27m at 72 degrees
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