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Example Question #1 : Practical Applications
Determine the magnitude of vector A.
We can use the pythagorean theorem to solve this problem. Using as our hypotenuse, we can drop a vertical vector perpendicular to the xaxis. We will call this and it is 4 units in length. We can also extend a vector from the origin that connects to . We will call this and it is 3 units in length.
Using the pythagorean theorem:
Example Question #1 : Practical Applications
Which of the following is the correct term for the sum of two vectors?
Sum
Resultant
Velocity
Magnitude
Resultant
When summing two vectors, you have both an x and y component and you sum these separately leaving you with a coordinate as your answer. This coordinate is called a resultant.
Example Question #3 : Practical Applications
Determine the resultant of and .
When determining the resultant of two vectors, you are finding the sum of two vectors. To do this you must add the x component and the y component separately.
Example Question #1 : Vectors
Consider the following graphs where begins at the origin and ends at and . Which of the following depicts the correct resultant of these two vectors.
To find the resultant we must sum the two vectors:
Now we must graph the resultant
Example Question #2 : Vectors
How many degrees above the xaxis is ?
First, we must understand what we are solving for. We are solving for the angle that is formed by and the xaxis. To do this, we can extend a vector from the origin which stops directly under the end of . We will call this new vector and it will be 7 units long. We will also extend a vector upwards that is perpendicular to the xaxis. We will call this and it will be 3 units long.
Now we can use the relationship that where is the adjacent side and is the opposite side.
And so is 23.2 degrees above the xaxis.
Example Question #1 : Vectors
Find the difference of the two vectors, which ends at and ending at .



When finding the difference of two vectors, you must subtract the x and y components separately.
Example Question #4 : Vectors
Which of the following is the correct depiction of the difference of vectors A and B?
To find the difference of two vectors we must consider the x and y components separately.
And then we must correctly graph this vector
Example Question #5 : Vectors
True or False: The magnitude of a vector is the length of the vector.
True
False
True
When finding the magnitude of the vector, you use either the Pythagorean Theorem by forming a right triangle with the vector in question or you can use the distance formula. This is much more clear considering the distance vector that the magnitude of the vector is in fact the length of the vector.
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