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Worksheet: Relation between Position Vector and Displacement Vector

Q1:

If you were lost in a forest, would you prefer to know your distance or your displacement from the nearest settlement?

  • Adisplacement
  • Bdistance

Q2:

A truck moved 150 km due east and then 200 km at a direction of . Determine the truck’s displacement, giving its magnitude to the nearest kilometer and its direction to the nearest minute.

  • A180 km, north of west
  • B304 km, north of east
  • C350 km, south of east
  • D200 km, north of east

Q3:

Using the given figure, calculate the distance and the displacement of a body that moves from point to point then returns to point .

  • A,
  • B,
  • C,
  • D,

Q4:

Using the given figure, calculate the distance and the displacement of a body that moves from point to point then returns to point .

  • A,
  • B,
  • C,
  • D,

Q5:

The displacement of a particle of unit mass is given as a function of time by the relation , where is constant unit vector, measured in centimeters, and in seconds. Given that the particle started its motion at , find the total distance covered in the first 5 seconds of its motion.

  • A278.12 cm
  • B181.25 cm
  • C141.25 cm
  • D28.12 cm