Asked Feb 11, 2020

What is the difference between the graphical and component method of vector addition


Expert Answer

Step 1

A vector is a quantity that has both magnitude and direction.

Step 2

Graphical Method of vector addition

In this method, the vectors given are drawn to proper scale with proper direction. The second vector is drawn such that its tail falls at the tip of first one.

The resultant is drawn starting from the tip of second vector to the tail of 1st one. The magnitude and direction of this vector is measure with the help of scale and angle with protractor.

Step 3

Component Method of Vector Addition

In this case the two vectors are written as

Physics homework question answer, step 3, image 1

The resultant is then given as R = A + B as,

Physics homework question answer, step 3, image 2

Magnitude of this vector is found as

Physics homework question answer, step 3, image 3


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