# Maximum angle between resultant and original vector

## Homework Statement

Two vectors of magnitude 5 units and 3 units are added such that the angle between the resultant and the vector of magnitude 5units is maximum. Find this angle.

## The Attempt at a Solution

Knowing that the resultant vector makes a smaller angle with a vector of larger magnitude, I tried to draw some diagrams but they proved to be of little help.

Further, the max. angle can't be 180 degrees or 0 degree for obvious reasons.

I know PF does not provide complete solutions but I would be thankful for any assistance provided.

First Try and find the angle between the vector and the resultant in terms of the angle between the two vectors.

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Sahil ,

In case you have worked out the problem , do you mind checking the answer ?

37°

Sahil ,

In case you have worked out the problem , do you mind checking the answer ?

37°

According to me the answer is
90° + 37° = 127°

Thanks .

I think what you have stated is the angle between the two vectors such that the angle between the resultant and vector of magnitude 5 units is maximum . I might be wrong .

Thanks .

I think what you have stated is the angle between the two vectors such that the angle between the resultant and vector of magnitude 5 units is maximum . I might be wrong .

I think my answer is correct

cosx= -3/5 => x=90+37

This is the angle between the two vectors , not between the resultant and vector of magnitude 5 units .

This is the angle between the two vectors , not between the resultant and vector of magnitude 5 units .

Sorry, i didnt read the question carefully. You are correct.

tan y = (3*4/5)/(5-3*3/5) = 3/4 => y= 37

Alright • Sahil Kukreja
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