# Vectors -- Adding velocity vectors to make a resultant

## Homework Statement

Determine the vectors A-C, given the vectors A and C in Fig. 3-32. Vector A=44.0 at 28 degrees north of east and vector C=31.0 at 90 degrees south of east.

## Homework Equations

I don't know any.

## The Attempt at a Solution

44.0-31.0=11.0, 28.0-90= -62
The answers are 64.6 and 53.1 degrees.

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BiGyElLoWhAt
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Hmmm... you took 2 vector lengths, and subtracted them. That works if they're parallel, but not at different angles.

Write your vectors in a couple different forms and post back. (I'm sure you've seen different ways to express the same vectors)

NascentOxygen
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## Homework Statement

Determine the vectors A-C, given the vectors A and C in Fig. 3-32. Vector A=44.0 at 28 degrees north of east and vector C=31.0 at 90 degrees south of east.

## Homework Equations

I don't know any.

## The Attempt at a Solution

44.0-31.0=11.0, 28.0-90= -62
The answers are 64.6 and 53.1 degrees.
We don't see Fig. 3-32, but I assume you do.

First step, sketch the vectors in their given orientation so you can see what you are dealing with.

Second step, remember the rule that says to subtract a vector you can reverse its direction and add it.

BTW, you might need to brush up on your arithmetic, too. NascentOxygen
Staff Emeritus