Mechanics: Vectors and Projectiles

Vectors and Projectiles: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 15:

Dora is exploring a cave. She starts at the entrance and makes the following straight line movements:

68 m, south
112 m, 25° north of west (155° CCW)
34 m, south
182 m, 17° south of east (343° CCW)

Determine Dora's position relative to the entrance of the cave. That is, how far and in what direction is Dora from the cave entrance?


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