How to determine what vector A is equal to?

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Homework Statement


Three vectors are related as by the equations: A+B = 2C and B-2A = -C.
If C= 1i + 2j +3k then what is vector A equal to?

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i, j, and k are unit vectors


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The solution in my answer key says that vector A = vector C but I don't understand how they arrived at that. Any clarification would be appreciated, thanks!
 

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Hi eng, :welcome:

A bit awkward if the template asks for relevant eqations, right ? You still need something there. The statement that ##\hat\imath, \hat \jmath, \hat k## are unit vectors is nice to form an idea, but it doesn't help solve the equations....

If A, B and C were numbers, how would you solve A+B = 2C & B-2A = -C ?
 
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Hi eng, :welcome:

A bit awkward if the template asks for relevant eqations, right ? You still need something there. The statement that ##\hat\imath, \hat \jmath, \hat k## are unit vectors is nice to form an idea, but it doesn't help solve the equations....

If A, B and C were numbers, how would you solve A+B = 2C & B-2A = -C ?
Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my question and if they were numbers would I combine the 2 equations? A's and B's on one side with C's on the other and get A-2A + B+B = 2C-C (simplified: -A +2B = C)?
 
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Hi! Thanks for taking a look at my question and if they were numbers would I combine the 2 equations? A's and B's on one side with C's on the other and get A-2A + B+B = 2C-C (simplified: -A +2B = C)?
You are looking for a relationship between A and C. So you need to combine the equations in a way which .... does what?
 
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You are looking for a relationship between A and C. So you need to combine the equations in a way which .... does what?
something that eliminates the B from the equation? Subtract them?
 
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something that eliminates the B from the equation? Subtract them?
Of course.
 
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