You drive 7.50 km in a straight line in a direction 15° east of north.
(a) Find the distances you would have to drive straight east and then straight north to arrive at the same point. (This determination is equivalent to find the components of the displacement along the east and north directions.)
(b) Show that you still arrive at the same point if the east and north legs are reversed in order.
Consider the following figure:
The east distance is the component in the horizontal direction.
The north distance is the vertical component
Based from the figure, we can easily see that the order is reversible in the addition of vectors. We say that