Chapter 12, Problem 2RCC

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8th Edition

James Stewart

ISBN: 9781305266643

Textbook Problem

How do you add two vectors geometrically? How do you add them algebraically?

To determine

**To explain:** The addition of two vectors geometrically and algebraically.

Explanation

**Geometrical addition of vectors:**

The following are the two laws to illustrate the addition of two vectors geometrically.

- Triangle law
- Parallelogram law

**Triangle law:**

Consider the two vectors

The sum of two vectors

The addition of two vectors using the triangle law is shown in Figure 1.

**Parallelogram law:**

Consider the two vectors

Draw the vector parallel to the vector

The sum of two vectors

The addition of two vectors using the parallelogram law is shown in Figure 2.

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