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Simple Vector Problem. Help please!

  • #1
Hey everyone,
I know this problem is easy but im having some trouble. If someone could point me in the right direction i would be really grateful.
Suppose (vector)C=(vector)A + (vector)B
a) under what circumstances does [A]=+[C]?
b) Could [C]=[A]-?
( [ ]= absolute value)
Ok. For A i think that A and B would have to have the same signs but Im really not to sure.
For B i cant see how C=A+B can be equal to [C]=[A]-. It seems like a simple contradiction, which usually means im wrong. :tongue2:
I would really apprecitate some help!!!!

Answers and Replies

  • #2
Try drawing any two random vectors A and B on a piece of paper. Then draw vector C = A + B. Is it possible for you to draw A and B such that the lengh of A plus the length of B is equal to the length of C?
  • #3
Homework Helper
Antiflag - for (a), did you mean |C| = |A| + |B|? That's the question Tzar hinted at.

For (b), you were on the right track with your other answer. Think: the difference between vector addition and scalar addition is that vectors have direction. Does the - sign have any meaning with respect to direction?