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    Scalar Multiplication

    Use the diagram to express each of the given vectors in terms of OP and OQ.

    a) OR
    b) OU
    c) OW
    d) OS
    e) OA
    f) OY

    Please any help on how to begin this is really appreciated.
    Thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by advancedfunctions2010 View Post
    Use the diagram to express each of the given vectors in terms of OP and OQ.

    a) OR
    I get

    OR = OP +PR

    OR = OP +1/2 PS

    As PS = OR then

    OR = OP +1/2 OR

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    Yes I think so!

    So then:
    OU = OP + PU
    OU = OP + 2OQ

    But then?

    OW = OP + 2OP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by advancedfunctions2010 View Post

    So then:
    OU = OP + PU
    OU = OP + 2OQ
    Yep!



    Quote Originally Posted by advancedfunctions2010 View Post

    But then?

    OW = OP + 2OP?
    Nah, I say

    OW = OQ + QX +XW

    OW = OQ + 2OP + 1/2 OQ

    OW = 2OP+3/2 OQ
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    Looking at your picture, I see that OR goes down exactly as much as OP and to the right half as much as OQ. That tells me that OR= OP+ (1/2)OQ.

    I see that OS goes down as far as OP and to the right as far as OQ: OS= OP+ OQ.

    I see that OA and OW both extend down twice as far as OP so both will require "2OP". OA extends as far to the right as OQ while OW extends to the right 3/2 as far as OQ.

    OY extends downward three times as far as OP and to the right exactly as far as OQ. OY= what?
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