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given that A+2B = x1j +y1j and 2A-B = x2i + y2j what is A?

given that A + B =x1i + y1j and A-B = x2i + y2j what is A?

given that A +B =x1i + y1j and A-B = x2i + y2j what is B?

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given that A+2B = x1j +y1j and 2A-B = x2i + y2j what is A?

given that A + B =x1i + y1j and A-B = x2i + y2j what is A?

given that A +B =x1i + y1j and A-B = x2i + y2j what is B?

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There's a bunch of people with these problems coming in today ... so having attended the class does not seem to have helped ;)

If you look at those equations, they are in pairs with A-B on one side and A+B on the other ... to get the A out, just add them. To get the B out, subtract them.

I'll show you:

Lets say A+B=xi+yj and A-B=wi+zj

then I can put v1= A+B and v2=A-B

then v1+v2 = (A+B)+(A-B) = (xi+yj)+(wi+zj) do you see now?

v1+v2 = A+B+A-B = 2A = (x+w)i+(y+z)j

therefore A = (1/2)[(x+w)i+(y+z)j]

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[tex]

\begin{array}{ccccccccc}

& A & + & B & = & x\hat{\imath} & + & y\hat{\jmath}&\\

+(& A & - & B & = & w \hat{\imath}& + & z\hat{\jmath}&)\\ \hline

& 2A & & & = & (x+w) \hat{\imath}& + & (y+z)\hat{\jmath}&

\end{array}

[/tex]

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Is this the right answer for "given that A + B =x1i + y1j and A-B = x2i + y2j what is A?"

I got A= (x1+x2)/2i +(y1+y2)/2j

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3A+B=(x1+x2)i +(y1+y2)j and now i don't know how to get the A all alone

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[tex]

\begin{array}{rcccccccl}

& A & + & 2B & = & x\hat{\imath} & + & y\hat{\jmath}&\\

+2\times(& 2A & - & B & = & w \hat{\imath}& + & z\hat{\jmath}&)\\ \hline

& 5A & & & = & (x+2w) \hat{\imath}& + & (y+2z)\hat{\jmath}&

\end{array}

[/tex]

notice how the +2x(... applies to the entire second row. I'm multiplying the second vector by 2 so that the second column will have a -2B in it.

You won't always be asked to find A, you may be asked to extract the B instead. In that case you have to subtract instead of add:

[tex]

\begin{array}{rcccccccl}

2\times( & A & + & 2B & = & x\hat{\imath} & + & y\hat{\jmath}&)\\

-(& 2A & - & B & = & w \hat{\imath}& + & z\hat{\jmath}&)\\ \hline

& & & 3B & = & (2x-w) \hat{\imath}& + & (2y-z)\hat{\jmath}&

\end{array}

[/tex]

... in this case I multiplied the top row by 2 so the first column would be 2A-2A=0.

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