Adding Scalar Multiples of Vectors Graphically

1. Mar 3, 2010

Paymemoney

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Draw the vector $$\vec{C} = \vec{A}+2\vec{B}$$

2. Relevant equations
None

3. The attempt at a solution
This is what i have i don't know if it is correct

P.S

2. Mar 3, 2010

tiny-tim

Hi Paymemoney!

No, that's not right.

When adding vectors, go to the end of the first vector, then tack on the second vector.

3. Mar 3, 2010

Paymemoney

ok so is this what it should look like:

4. Mar 3, 2010

tiny-tim

Why have you bent it??

Put it back and start again!

(if it's broken, you'll have to pay for it )

5. Mar 3, 2010

Paymemoney

how i do this without bending it? So is it only meant to go horizontally?

6. Mar 3, 2010

tiny-tim

Yes, of course. And to the left.

7. Mar 3, 2010

Paymemoney

so would this be correct.

does it matter where you place the vector, because when i placed it in the middle it was incorrect??

8. Mar 4, 2010

tiny-tim

Hi Paymemoney!

(just got up :zzz: …)
Nooo …

I think I need to give you the answer:

To add two vectors, you must place the "tail" of the second vector against the "head" of the first vector: the sum is then the vector to that point (from where you started).​

(or the other way round, of course: place the "tail" of the first vector against the "head" of the second vector: it makes no difference)

So in this case, you draw A which is an arrow going 4 to the right, then you draw B which is an arrow going 2 to the left, and you draw that 2 starting at the end of the 4, so you end up with an everall vector of A + 2B being 2 to the right.

(this is just like adding vectors to make a triangle, except that in this case the triangle is flat )

9. Mar 4, 2010

Paymemoney

ok, this is what i got from your explanation, so just to make sure i have interpreted your explanation correctly here it is again(hopefully correct -_-).

yeh, I'm used to looking at the full triangle.

10. Mar 4, 2010

tiny-tim

I don't understand what you've done here.

Start on the axis, draw a blue line for A, then from the end of that draw a red line for 2B. Now draw a green line from the axis to the end of the red line (as if you were completing a triangle).

11. Mar 4, 2010

Paymemoney

ok here it is

why don't you draw it for me coz i don't think i'm getting anyway.

12. Mar 5, 2010

Paymemoney

after thinking more about it, i have come to a conclusion that this may be the answer but i'm not sure:

13. Mar 5, 2010

Staff: Mentor

No, not right. A is 4 units long and points to the right. B is 1 unit long and points to the left. 2B is 2 units long and points to the left.

For the sum A + 2B, start at 0, go 4 units to the right. Now tack 2B on. Where do you end up? The vector from 0 to where you ended up is A + 2B.

Since all vectors involved here are horizontal, the sum will be a horizontal vector: one that points either to the right or to the left.

14. Mar 6, 2010

Paymemoney

What do you mean by "Now tack 2B on"?

15. Mar 6, 2010

tiny-tim

2B or not 2B ?

Mark44 means "tail to head" (as I also explained in post #8)

16. Mar 6, 2010

Paymemoney

ok, i had another go at it, and this is what i got:

Last edited: Mar 6, 2010
17. Mar 6, 2010

Staff: Mentor

We're 16 posts into this thread, and you still aren't getting it. Why do you have two diagrams? Are we supposed to pick one?

In the right diagram, the resultant (black) vector starts at the right place, but it's too short. In the left diagram, the resultant vector is the right length, but it starts at the wrong place.

18. Mar 7, 2010

Paymemoney

well i finally got the answer =___=, yeh it took me awhile because i didn't read the answer you gave me correctly. thanks for the help anyways.