emi1900 Posts: 1, Reputation: 1 New Member #1 Sep 13, 2018, 03:18 PM
For Physics homework I was asked the following question:
Suppose you first walk 12 m in a direction 20 degrees west of north and then 20 m in a direction 40 degrees south of west. How far are you from your starting point, and what is the compass direction of a line connecting your starting point to your final position?
The answer that I arrived at was "26.61 m 65 degrees south of west" using the component method, but I was marked incorrect, is there another way to do this question or did I make a mistake in the calculation?
 ebaines Posts: 12,131, Reputation: 1307 Expert #2 Sep 13, 2018, 04:54 PM
You have the correct distance, but incorrect angle. Draw it out - you will see that the position to the south of the east-west line is less than the distance west from the north-south line, hence the angle is not 65 degrees south of west, but 90-65 = 35 degrees south of west. It's hard to describe, but if you draw it out you should understand why this is so.

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