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Homework Help: Simple Vector Addition

  1. Sep 8, 2004 #1
    Hi again,

    I have what is seems to be a simple vector addition problem, but I am questioning a certain part of it. I would show a diagram but I can't at the moment as the computer I am on does not have a drawing program. It should be fairly easy to picture though.

    The base of the drawing is a checker board. Everyone knows what those look like, right? There is a force (a checker) A which crosses the black squares diagonally toward the direction of north of east. Then there is a force B (the same checker) which again crosses the black squares pointing in the direction of north of west. The tail of force A begins half way through one black square and the head ends half way into the last black square. Force A passes through 3 full squares, and only through half of 2 of them. Force B passes through 1 full square and only through half of 2 of them.

    Each side of a square measures 4.9 cm.

    So my question is to find the distance of forces A and B. Would it be easier to find the resultant of those squares. Then add them to find the length of A and B? Or would there be a better method of finding the length of A and B?
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  3. Sep 8, 2004 #2
    Nevermind. The answer is yes. This thread could be deleted if need be. Sorry about that.
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