Mechanics: Vectors and Projectiles

Vectors and Projectiles: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 7:

Sheila is captain of the Varsity cross country team. During the after-school practice on Tuesday, she led the team on the following run from school to a nearby park where they met the coach for a meeting: 0.68 miles, north; 1.09 miles east; 1.56 miles north; 0.32 miles, west. Determine the magnitude and direction of the team's resultant displacement.

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  • Read the problem carefully and develop a mental picture of the physical situation. If necessary, sketch a simple diagram of the physical situation to help you visualize it.
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  • Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
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