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    Algebraic Vectors

    Let vector m = [2, -1] and vector b = [0, 5]

    a) Determine the components of each vector in this list:

    b + 3m = [6, 2]

    b + 2m = [4, 3]

    b + m = [2, 4]

    b + 0m = [0, 5]

    b - m = [-2, 6]

    b - 2m = [-4, 7]

    b - 3m = [-6, 8]

    b) Graph all 7 vectors in part a with tail at [0, 0]



    c) Explain the pattern in the results. ------- Does this mean the graph increases or decreases 2 units for the x values and the y values goes increases or decreases 1 unit? ----------- If I'm correct, is there a correct term to use for it?

    d) How would the above results be affected if vector b were replaced with each vector? ------ I don't see a pattern for the next two. . .Do I use a specific formula to find the pattern?

    i) b = [2,4]

    b + 3m = [8, 11]

    b + 2m = [8, 7]

    b + m = [4, 3]

    b + 0m = [2, -1]

    b - m = [0, -5]

    b - 2m = [-2, -9]

    b - 3m =  [-4, -13]


    ii) b = [-1, 2]

    b + 3m = [-1, 5]

    b + 2m = [0, 3]

    b + m = [1, 1]

    b + 0m = [2, -1]

    b - m =  [3, -3]

    b - 2m = [4, -5]

    b - 3m = [5, -7]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macleef View Post
    Let vector m = [2, -1] and vector b = [0, 6]

    a) Determine the components of each vector in this list:
    b + 3m = [6, 2]
    b + 2m = [4, 3]
    b + m = [2, 4]
    b + 0m = [0, 5] ... I don't understand how you get these results
    b - m = [-2, 6]
    b - 2m = [-4, 7]
    b - 3m = [-6, 8]
    b) Graph all 7 vectors in part a with tail at [0, 0]



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    Your calculations of the coordinates of the heads of the vectors are wrong.

    For instance: b + 2m = (0, 6) + 2 \cdot (2, -1) = (0, 6) + (4, -2) = (4, 4)

    The heads of all vectors form the line y = -\frac12 x + 6 or written as equation with vectors:

    (x, y) = (0, 6) + r \cdot (2, -1)
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    It's a typo in my part, it's b[0, 5] and not b[0, 6]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macleef View Post
    It's a typo in my part, it's b[0, 5] and not b[0, 6]
    Then your results are OK.

    The heads of all vectors form the line y = -\frac12 x + 5 or written as equation with vectors:

    (x, y) = (0, 5) + r \cdot (2, -1)
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