College Physics Problem 2.3

Find the following for path C in the figure:
(a) The distance traveled.
(b) The magnitude of the displacement from start to finish.
(c) The displacement from start to finish.

SOLUTION:

a) The distance is the sum of all the paths of C.

distance=8 m+2 m+2 m

distance=12 m

b) The magnitude is the difference between the final position and the initial position.

displacement=left | 10-2 right |

displacement=8 m

c) The displacement is

Delta x=10-2

Delta x=+8 m

 

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