Is what im doing for la+bl correct?

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- Jun 9th 2010, 05:31 PMgomesvectors
Is what im doing for la+bl correct?

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/4820/62069046.jpg - Jun 9th 2010, 05:53 PMskeeter

- Jun 9th 2010, 05:55 PMslider142
No. |a + b| is not generally equal to |a| + |b|, although there are important relationships called the triangle inequality and the polarization identity relating the two expressions, and it is good to know the geometry of when they are equal.

You must first calculate the vector a + b by adding components, and then take the length |a + b| of that vector.