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Properties of a Vector

Vectors allow you to represent quantities with both size and direction, such as the velocity of an airplane. Better yet, they do so in a mathematically-useful way. Dive in to see how!

Vector Decomposition

         

Find the magnitude of the vector \(\vec{v}=(-3,4)?\)

Point P lies on side BC and divides it internally in the ratio 1 : 4 in the equilateral triangle \(ABC\) below. Let \(\vec{AB}=\vec{a},\) \(\vec{AC}=\vec{b},\) \(\vec{AP}=\vec{c}.\) Then \(\vec{c}\) can be expressed as \(x\vec{a}+y\vec{b}.\) Which of the following is equal to \(x\times y\)?

\(G\) is the centroid of triangle \(OAB\) below. Let \(\vec{OA}=\vec{a}, \vec{OB}=\vec{b},\) and \(\vec{GA}=\vec{c}\). Then \(\vec{c}\) can be expressed as \(x\vec{a}-y\vec{b}.\) Which of the following is equal to \(x - y\)?

A commercial airliner can fly at a cruising velocity of 250m/s without the influence of the wind. If a 30m/s gust continuously blows 70\(^\circ\) south of east, then how many degrees north of east should the pilot angle the plane thereby counteracting the speed of the wind so that the plane flies directly east?

Let the position vectors of three points \(A, B,\) and \(C\) be \(\vec{a}, \vec{b},\) and \(\vec{c},\) respectively. Then \(2\vec{AB}+3\vec{BC}-\vec{CA}\) can be expressed as \(x\vec{a}+y\vec{b}+z\vec{c}.\) Calculate \(x^2+y^2+z^2\).

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