Resolved part of vector r

1. Jun 16, 2009

Gregg

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Write down the resolved part of vector r in the direction of a, where $a=\left( \begin{array}{c} 0 \\ 0 \\ -1 \end{array} \right)$

EDIT:
$r=\left( \begin{array}{c} 3 \\ 4 \\ 5 \end{array} \right)$
3. The attempt at a solution

I don't know what this means, the resolved part of vector r.

2. Jun 16, 2009

Staff: Mentor

I don't either, but I suspect it has something to do with the component of r in the direction of a. See if your textbook defines the term "resolved part of a vector" somewhere.

Mathematics relies heavily on definitions. Whenever you have a problem that says "find the XYZ" and you don't know what XYZ is, look for its definition and go from there.

3. Jun 16, 2009

Gregg

The answer is just '-5'. The text doesn't define it anywhere its a really crap text. The questions are from past papers from different exam boards.

4. Jun 16, 2009

Cyosis

To add to what Mark said. If I don't know a definition and I am behind my pc, I use google. More often than not I will know the meaning of the definition in mere seconds.

I tried it for this problem as well and the first hit was:

http://thesaurus.maths.org/mmkb/entry.html?action=entryById&id=3779 [Broken]

Five seconds at most!

And yes the answer is -5.

I don't want to discourage you from asking questions of course, but being somewhat independent will save you a lot of time which you can spend on more important things!

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5. Jun 16, 2009

tiny-tim

Yes, it's a bit old-fashioned now, but some people say "resolve all the forces in the x-direction" when they mean "find the components of all the forces in the x-direction" …

it's using one word instead of two or three.

6. Jun 16, 2009

Gregg

This in the formula book :)