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Vectors Question

  1. Sep 11, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Vector A has a magnitude of 8.00 units and makes an angle of 45.0° with the positive x axis. Vector B also has a magnitude of 8.00 units and is directed along the negative x axis. Using graphical methods, find (a) the vector sum A + B and (b) the vector difference A - B.

    2. Relevant equations

    sine,cosine,tangent, A= Axi+Ayj, B=Bxi+Byj (x and y are subscripts)
     
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  3. Sep 11, 2007 #2

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    I'm not sure what you are thinking of with you attempt. The question asks you to use graphical techniques. Are you familiar with the triangle rule or parallelogram rule of vector addition?
     
  4. Sep 11, 2007 #3
    Those don't ring a bell. How would I go about doing one of these?
     
  5. Sep 11, 2007 #4

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    These are graphical representations of adding vectors. You take the first vector and draw the second vector from the point of the first. The resultant vector is the sum of the first two and is from the origin of the first to the tip of the second. See here for a pictorial representation and more information:

    http://mathworld.wolfram.com/ParallelogramLaw.html
     
  6. Sep 11, 2007 #5
    so using that, how would I go about solving this problem?
     
  7. Sep 11, 2007 #6

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    Its a case of a fair bit of geometry. Try setting up the axes and solving for the angle and magnitude of the resultant vector. Also note that a vector difference is the same as a vector sum with the second vector multiplied by -1. That is:

    [tex] \mathbf{A}-\mathbf{B} = \mathbf{A} + (-\mathbf{B}) [/tex]
     
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