1. ## Algebraic Vectors

Two vectors 2a+b and a-3b are perpendicular. Find the angle between a and b if |a|=2|b|

2. Originally Posted by skeske1234
Two vectors 2a+b and a-3b are perpendicular. Find the angle between a and b if |a|=2|b|
That makes little sense.
If two vectors are perpendicular the angle between them is $\frac{\pi}{2}$.

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3. Originally Posted by Plato
That makes little sense.
If two vectors are perpendicular the angle between them is $\frac{\pi}{2}$.

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I will type the question again directly from my textbook without checking the question above.

Two vectors 2a+b and a-3b are perpendicular. Find the angle between a and b, if |a|=2|b|.

They want the angle between vector a and b, not vectors 2a+b and a-3b.

4. Sorry, I misread the question.
We get from the given that $a\cdot a = 4b\cdot b$ and $2a\cdot a-5a\cdot b-3b\cdot b=0$
From which it follows that $b\cdot b=a\cdot b$
But that means $\left(\frac{a\cdot b}{||a||||b||}=\frac{1}{2}\right)$

5. How did you get the a.a=4b.b and 2a.a-5a.b-3b.b=0?

6. Originally Posted by skeske1234
How did you get the a.a=4b.b and 2a.a-5a.b-3b.b=0?
From the given: $\left( {2a + b} \right) \bot \left( {a - 3b} \right)\;\& \,\left\| a \right\| = 2\left\| b \right\|$

7. wait, how did you get the -5ab

8. Originally Posted by skeske1234
wait, how did you get the -5ab
$-6a\cdot b+a\cdot b$

9. Originally Posted by skeske1234
Two vectors 2a+b and a-3b are perpendicular. Find the angle between a and b if |a|=2|b|
Hell0: this is the solution

$\left( {2a + b} \right) \bot \left( {a - 3b} \right) \Leftrightarrow \left( {2a + b} \right).\left( {a - 3b} \right) = 0
$

Calculate :

$\left( {2a + b} \right).\left( {a - 3b} \right) = 0 \Leftrightarrow 2\left\| a \right\|^2 - 6a.b + b.a - 3\left\| b \right\|^2 = 0$
But :

$\left\{ \begin{array}{l}
\left\| a \right\| = 2\left\| b \right\| \\
a.b = b.a \\
a.b = \left\| a \right\| \times \left\| b \right\|\cos \theta \\
\theta = \left( {a,b} \right) \\
\end{array} \right.
$

Subst:
$\left( {2a + b} \right).\left( {a - 3b} \right) = 0 \Leftrightarrow 2\left\| a \right\|^2 - 6a.b + b.a - 3\left\| b \right\|^2 = 0$
Calculate:
$\left( {2a + b} \right).\left( {a - 3b} \right) = 0 \Leftrightarrow 2\left( {2\left\| b \right\|} \right)^2 - 5\left( {2\left\| b \right\|} \right) \times \left\| b \right\|\cos \theta - 3\left\| b \right\|^2 = 0$
I'have :

$\begin{array}{l}
8\left\| b \right\|^2 - 10\left\| b \right\|^2 \cos \theta - 3\left\| b \right\|^2 = 0 \\
\left\{ \begin{array}{l}
5\left\| b \right\|^2 \left( {1 - 2\cos \theta } \right) = 0 \\
b \ne \overrightarrow 0 \\
\end{array} \right. \Leftrightarrow 1 - 2\cos \theta = 0 \\
\end{array}$

Conclusion:

$\cos \theta = \frac{1}{2} \Leftrightarrow \theta = \frac{\pi }{3}$