For vector v=<3,2,-4>, how do you find the length and the unit vector in the same direction?

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- Apr 22nd 2009, 04:46 PMlaserLength/unit vector
For vector v=<3,2,-4>, how do you find the length and the unit vector in the same direction?

- Apr 22nd 2009, 04:54 PMGammaNorm
All you gotta do is divide the vector by its length.

$\displaystyle |\vec{v}|=(\vec{v} \cdot \vec{v})^{1/2}$

So for any vector $\displaystyle \vec{v}$, you know that $\displaystyle \frac{\vec{v}}{|\vec{v}|}$ is a vector of unit length in the same direction as $\displaystyle \vec{v}$ you just multiplied it by a scalar to adjust its length to be 1.