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Check Your Understanding If the average velocity vector of the drone in the displacement in [link] is u = ( 15.0 i ^ + 31.7 j ^ + 2.5 k ^ ) m / s , what is the magnitude of the drone’s velocity vector?

35.1 m/s = 126.4 km/h

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Summary

  • Vectors are described in terms of their components in a coordinate system. In two dimensions (in a plane), vectors have two components. In three dimensions (in space), vectors have three components.
  • A vector component of a vector is its part in an axis direction. The vector component is the product of the unit vector of an axis with its scalar component along this axis. A vector is the resultant of its vector components.
  • Scalar components of a vector are differences of coordinates, where coordinates of the origin are subtracted from end point coordinates of a vector. In a rectangular system, the magnitude of a vector is the square root of the sum of the squares of its components.
  • In a plane, the direction of a vector is given by an angle the vector has with the positive x -axis. This direction angle is measured counterclockwise. The scalar x -component of a vector can be expressed as the product of its magnitude with the cosine of its direction angle, and the scalar y -component can be expressed as the product of its magnitude with the sine of its direction angle.
  • In a plane, there are two equivalent coordinate systems. The Cartesian coordinate system is defined by unit vectors i ^ and j ^ along the x -axis and the y -axis, respectively. The polar coordinate system is defined by the radial unit vector r ^ , which gives the direction from the origin, and a unit vector t ^ , which is perpendicular (orthogonal) to the radial direction.

Conceptual questions

Give an example of a nonzero vector that has a component of zero.

a unit vector of the x -axis

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Explain why a vector cannot have a component greater than its own magnitude.

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If two vectors are equal, what can you say about their components?

They are equal.

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If vectors A and B are orthogonal, what is the component of B along the direction of A ? What is the component of A along the direction of B ?

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If one of the two components of a vector is not zero, can the magnitude of the other vector component of this vector be zero?

yes

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If two vectors have the same magnitude, do their components have to be the same?

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Problems

Assuming the + x -axis is horizontal and points to the right, resolve the vectors given in the following figure to their scalar components and express them in vector component form.

a. A = + 8.66 i ^ + 5.00 j ^ , b. B = + 30.09 i ^ + 39.93 j ^ , c. C = + 6.00 i ^ 10.39 j ^ , d. D = −15.97 i ^ + 12.04 j ^ , f. F = −17.32 i ^ 10.00 j ^
The x y coordinate system has positive x to the right and positive y up. Vector A has magnitude 10.0 and points 30 degrees counterclockwise from the positive x direction. Vector B has magnitude 5.0 and points 53 degrees counterclockwise from the positive x direction. Vector C has magnitude 12.0 and points 60 degrees clockwise from the positive x direction. Vector D has magnitude 20.0 and points 37 degrees clockwise from the negative x direction. Vector F has magnitude 20.0 and points 30 degrees counterclockwise from the negative x direction.

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Suppose you walk 18.0 m straight west and then 25.0 m straight north. How far are you from your starting point? What is your displacement vector? What is the direction of your displacement? Assume the + x -axis is horizontal to the right.

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You drive 7.50 km in a straight line in a direction 15 ° east of north. (a) Find the distances you would have to drive straight east and then straight north to arrive at the same point. (b) Show that you still arrive at the same point if the east and north legs are reversed in order. Assume the + x -axis is to the east.

a. 1.94 km, 7.24 km; b. proof

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A sledge is being pulled by two horses on a flat terrain. The net force on the sledge can be expressed in the Cartesian coordinate system as vector F = ( −2980.0 i ^ + 8200.0 j ^ ) N , where i ^ and j ^ denote directions to the east and north, respectively. Find the magnitude and direction of the pull.

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A trapper walks a 5.0-km straight-line distance from her cabin to the lake, as shown in the following figure. Determine the east and north components of her displacement vector. How many more kilometers would she have to walk if she walked along the component displacements? What is her displacement vector?

The vector from the cabin to the lake is vector S, magnitude 5.0 kilometers and pointing 40 degrees north of east. Two additional meandering paths are shown and labeled path 1 and path 2.

3.8 km east, 3.2 km north, 2.0 km, D = ( 3.8 i ^ + 3.2 j ^ ) km

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The polar coordinates of a point are 4 π / 3 and 5.50 m. What are its Cartesian coordinates?

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Two points in a plane have polar coordinates P 1 ( 2.500 m , π / 6 ) and P 2 ( 3.800 m , 2 π / 3 ) . Determine their Cartesian coordinates and the distance between them in the Cartesian coordinate system. Round the distance to a nearest centimeter.

P 1 ( 2.165 m , 1.250 m ) , P 2 ( −1.900 m , 3.290 m ) , 5.27 m

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A chameleon is resting quietly on a lanai screen, waiting for an insect to come by. Assume the origin of a Cartesian coordinate system at the lower left-hand corner of the screen and the horizontal direction to the right as the + x -direction. If its coordinates are (2.000 m, 1.000 m), (a) how far is it from the corner of the screen? (b) What is its location in polar coordinates?

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Two points in the Cartesian plane are A (2.00 m, −4.00 m) and B (−3.00 m, 3.00 m). Find the distance between them and their polar coordinates.

8.60 m, A ( 2 5 m , 0.647 π ) , B ( 3 2 m , 0.75 π )

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A fly enters through an open window and zooms around the room. In a Cartesian coordinate system with three axes along three edges of the room, the fly changes its position from point b (4.0 m, 1.5 m, 2.5 m) to point e (1.0 m, 4.5 m, 0.5 m). Find the scalar components of the fly’s displacement vector and express its displacement vector in vector component form. What is its magnitude?

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Questions & Answers

a particle projected from origin moving on x-y plane passes through P & Q having consituents (9,7) , (18,4) respectively.find eq. of trajectry.
rahul Reply
definition of inertia
philip Reply
the reluctance of a body to start moving when it is at rest and to stop moving when it is in motion
charles
An inherent property by virtue of which the body remains in its pure state or initial state
Kushal
why current is not a vector quantity , whereas it have magnitude as well as direction.
Aniket Reply
why
daniel
the flow of current is not current
fitzgerald
bcoz it doesn't satisfy the algabric laws of vectors
Shiekh
The Electric current can be defined as the dot product of the current density and the differential cross-sectional area vector : ... So the electric current is a scalar quantity . Scalars are related to tensors by the fact that a scalar is a tensor of order or rank zero .
Kushal
what is binomial theorem
Tollum Reply
hello are you ready to ask aquestion?
Saadaq Reply
what is binary operations
Tollum
What is the formula to calculat parallel forces that acts in opposite direction?
Martan Reply
position, velocity and acceleration of vector
Manuel Reply
hi
peter
hi
daniel
hi
Vedisha
*a plane flies with a velocity of 1000km/hr in a direction North60degree east.find it effective velocity in the easterly and northerly direction.*
imam
hello
Lydia
hello Lydia.
Sackson
What is momentum
isijola
hello
Saadaq
A rail way truck of mass 2400kg is hung onto a stationary trunk on a level track and collides with it at 4.7m|s. After collision the two trunk move together with a common speed of 1.2m|s. Calculate the mass of the stationary trunk
Ekuri Reply
I need the solving for this question
philip
is the eye the same like the camera
EDWIN Reply
I can't understand
Suraia
same here please
Josh
I think the question is that ,,, the working principal of eye and camera same or not?
Sardar
yes i think is same as the camera
muhammad
what are the dimensions of surface tension
samsfavor
why is the "_" sign used for a wave to the right instead of to the left?
MUNGWA Reply
why classical mechanics is necessary for graduate students?
khyam Reply
classical mechanics?
Victor
principle of superposition?
Naveen Reply
principle of superposition allows us to find the electric field on a charge by finding the x and y components
Kidus
Two Masses,m and 2m,approach each along a path at right angles to each other .After collision,they stick together and move off at 2m/s at angle 37° to the original direction of the mass m. What where the initial speeds of the two particles
MB
2m & m initial velocity 1.8m/s & 4.8m/s respectively,apply conservation of linear momentum in two perpendicular directions.
Shubhrant
A body on circular orbit makes an angular displacement given by teta(t)=2(t)+5(t)+5.if time t is in seconds calculate the angular velocity at t=2s
MB
2+5+0=7sec differentiate above equation w.r.t time, as angular velocity is rate of change of angular displacement.
Shubhrant
Ok i got a question I'm not asking how gravity works. I would like to know why gravity works. like why is gravity the way it is. What is the true nature of gravity?
Daniel Reply
gravity pulls towards a mass...like every object is pulled towards earth
Ashok
An automobile traveling with an initial velocity of 25m/s is accelerated to 35m/s in 6s,the wheel of the automobile is 80cm in diameter. find * The angular acceleration
Goodness Reply
(10/6) ÷0.4=4.167 per sec
Shubhrant
what is the formula for pressure?
Goodness Reply
force/area
Kidus
force is newtom
Kidus
and area is meter squared
Kidus
so in SI units pressure is N/m^2
Kidus
In customary United States units pressure is lb/in^2. pound per square inch
Kidus
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