# Defining a vector in magnitude,angle form.

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1. Oct 21, 2014

### Hijaz Aslam

I've learned that vectors can be defined in,basically, two ways. (1) Unit Vector Form (xi+yj+zk) (2)Magnitude angle form.
The second form always adds a confusion in problems. For instance let's define a function A and B as:

When we define -B why do we do it as follows:

I mean why do we write it as -B isn't the information of the direction clear from the angle between A and the Blue line?

2. Oct 21, 2014

### SteamKing

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You may not always have a diagram to refer to, especially if your vector calculations get long and involved.