High School Math : Vector

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Example Question #2165 : High School Math

Find the vector where its initial point is and its terminal point is .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

We need to subtract the -coordinate and the -coordinates to solve for a vector when given its initial and terminal coordinates:

 

Initial pt:

Terminal pt:

Vector:

Vector:

Example Question #1 : Vector

Find the vector where its initial point is  and its terminal point is .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

 

We need to subtract the -coordinate and the -coordinate to solve for a vector when given its initial and terminal coordinates:

 

Initial pt:

Terminal pt:

Vector: 

Vector:

Example Question #1 : Vector

Let  be vectors. All of the following are defined EXCEPT:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The cross product of two vectors (represented by "x") requires two vectors and results in another vector. By contrast, the dot product (represented by "") between two vectors requires two vectors and results in a scalar, not a vector. 

If we were to evaluate , we would first have to evaluate , which would result in a scalar, because it is a dot product.

However, once we have a scalar value, we cannot calculate a cross product with another vector, because a cross product requires two vectors. For example, we cannot find the cross product between 4 and the vector <1, 2, 3>; the cross product is only defined for two vectors, not scalars.

The answer is .

Example Question #1 : Parametric, Polar, And Vector

Find the magnitude of vector :

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve for the magnitude of a vector, we use the following formula:

 

 

 

 

Example Question #2 : Understanding Vector Calculations

Given vector and , solve for .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

 

To solve for , we need to add the  components in the vector and the  components together:

Example Question #2171 : High School Math

Given vector and , solve for .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

 

To solve for , we need to subtract the  components in the vector and the  components together:

 

Example Question #1 : Understanding Vector Calculations

Given vector and , solve for .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

 

To solve for , We need to first multiply  into vector  to find  and multiply  into vector  to find ; then we need to subtract the  components in the vector and the  components together:

 

 

Example Question #1 : Understanding Vector Calculations

Find the unit vector of .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve for the unit vector, the following formula must be used:

unit vector:

 

Example Question #1 : Understanding Vector Calculations

Is a unit vector?

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not enough information given

no, because magnitude is not equal to

yes, because magnitude is equal to

Correct answer:

yes, because magnitude is equal to

Explanation:

To verify where a vector is a unit vector, we must solve for its magnitude. If the magnitude is equal to 1 then the vector is a unit vector:

 is a unit vector because magnitude is equal to .

 

 

 

Example Question #7 : Understanding Vector Calculations

Given vector . Solve for the direction (angle) of the vector:

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve for the direction of a vector, we use the following formula:

=

with the vector being


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