Vector Subtraction

1. Nov 9, 2005

cscott

How can I find the norm of $(\vec{v} - \vec{w})$ without using $$||\vec{v} - \vec{w}||^2 = ||\vec{v}||^2 + ||\vec{w}||^2 - 2 ||\vec{v}|| \cdot ||\vec{w}|| \cos \theta$$?

Last edited: Nov 9, 2005
2. Nov 12, 2005

marlon

Do you know the components of these vectors ?
Do you have a base in which you can write them down ?

Do not say NO, because you must have this
marlon

3. Nov 13, 2005

cscott

I know that the terminal point of the two vectors are v = (1, 6, 2) and w = (3, 1, 7)

4. Nov 13, 2005

marlon

Well then, in components the subtraction is just $$(a,b,c) - (a',b',c') = (a-a', b-b', c-c')$$ and the magnitude of a vector with components a, b and c is $$\sqrt {a^2 + b^2 + c^2}$$

So you have everything to calculate the norm of a vector with given components.

enjoy

marlon

5. Nov 13, 2005

cscott

Thanks a lot!