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.


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