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Vectors help!

  1. Jun 21, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    vector A,B and C are mutually perpendicular unit vectors , then |vect.A + Vect.B + Vect.C| is equal to .....???

    2. Relevant equations
    unit vector=vector/magnitude

    3. The attempt at a solution
    since they are unit vectors and are perpendicular..they obviously are lying along x , y and z axes denoted by i , j , k (caps)
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  3. Jun 21, 2011 #2
    Are we sure that this is a 3 dimensional incident?

    Edit: I just realized, I clicked on "Advanced Physics" . . . gonna go back to the Introductory forum now.

    Good luck :).
  4. Jun 21, 2011 #3


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    Three unit vectors can be mutually perpendicular, but it is not necessary for the three vectors to coincide, or lie along, the coordinate axes.

    Remember, if two arbitrary vectors A and B are defined such that A dot B = 0, then A and B are perpendicular. If we form the cross product such that C = A cross B, then the vectors A, B, and C will be mutually perpendicular.

    The magnitude is given by the standard Euclidean norm Sqrt(A^2 + B^2 + C^2).
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