I joined today to find the answer to a vector question that has been driving me nuts. You know how it is! So here goes:
The two vectors a and b are of equal magnitude k (k not 0) and the angle between a and b is 60 degrees. If c = 3a - b and d = 2a - 10b
i) show that c and d are perpendicular
ii) find magnitudes of c and d in terms of k.
i) is OK. c.d = 0 for perpendicular vectors so evaluate (3a - b).(2a - 10b). This comes to 0 since a.b = a.b. cos 60. = k squared / 2 and a squared = b squared = k squared. (Sorry about the notation folks! - I'll figure out the superscripts later)
My problem is the second part. Can anyone help?
regards and thanks
It's always easy when someone else gives you the answer! I was faffing about looking at the equalateral triangle made by vectors a and b, then I tried expressing c and d in terms of i and j (vectors at right angles) when all I had to do was mod c = SQRT c.c! Thanks to you HallsofIvy.