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A shopper pushes a cart 50 m south down one aisle and then turns 90.0° west and moves 19 m. He then makes another 90.0° turn and moves 13 m.

(a) What is the largest possible displacement of the shopper?
(b) What is the smallest possible displacement of the shopper?

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    start the shopper at (0,0)
    After pushing the cart 50 m south, he's now at (0, -50)
    After turning west and pushing the cart 19 m, he's now at (-19, -50)

    Now he has to turn 90 degrees again. . . he will then be going either north or south. . . south will result in the largest displacement from the origin. . . now he's at (-19, -63)

    north will result in the smallest displacement from the origin . . . then he'd be at (-19, -37)

    The distance from the origin for the largest displacement is (19^2 + 63^2)^0.5

    Let the angle counterclockwise from west be x: then

    tan x = 63/19


    The distance from the origin for the smallest displacement is (19^2 + 37^2)^0.5

    at an angle:

    tan x = 37/19

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