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Am I supposed to be thinking of the Pythagorean Theorem?

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I can't seem to understand this problem. Could someone give me a hint as to what I'm supposed to be thinking?

Vectors A, B and C satisfy the vecotr equation A + B = C, and their magnitudes are related by the scalar equation A^2 + B^2 = C^2. How is vector A oriented with respect to vector B? Account for your answer.

Am I supposed to be thinking of the Pythagoream Theorum..?
 

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User Name said:
Am I supposed to be thinking of the Pythagoream Theorum..?
Yep, that's right.
 
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You can use dot products too. In fact, I would advise trying sometime to do this problem strictly algebraically (i.e. no invoking your geometric knowledge!) just so you can get practice with your algebraic skills!
 

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