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Solved UniversityPhysics ProblemsPhysics 1. VectorsJavier Montenegro Joo jmj@VirtualDynamics.OrgReturn to index page of Mechanics Problems Return to VirtualDynamics University home page


Vectors 

(1) Given the vector V = 3x + 2y 7z find: (a) Module, (b) Unit vector, (c) angles with the coordinated axes, (d) Verify that the sum of the squares of its direction cosines is one. Solution



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(2)
The
cosines of the angles that a unit vector of a vector V makes with the
Cartesian XYZ axes are respectively 0.451, 0.876 and 0.172. It is
known that the magnitude of vector V is 45 units. (a) Construct the
vector (b) Find the angles between vector V and the X, Y and Z axes. Solution


(3) In a XYZcoordinated system a vector V whose magnitude is 133 units makes an angle of 165° with the Xaxis and an angle of 90° with the Zaxis. Find the components of the vector and write its unit vector. In order to verify your results, compute the moduli of vectors V and its unit vector. Solution Since the vector makes an angle of 90° with the Zaxis, the vector is on the XYplane and its Zcomponent is zero. 

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(4)
In the sketch,
express the vectors A, B, C, D, E and F in terms of its cartesian components:
Solution In order to express a vector in terms of its components, start at the origin of coordinates and try to reach the tip of the vector along two different routes, one of them including the vector.


(5)
The unitvector of a vector
whose magnitude is 133 is given by u = 0.965 x + 0.258 y (a) Construct the vector (b) Verify its length (c) Find the angles the vector makes with the xyzcoordinated axes. Solution. 

(6) The sketch shows the route
followed by a robot over the horizontal ground. Calculate the total displacement
and the distance traveled by the robot.
Solution. It can be seen in the sketch that the components of each vector are respectively:


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(7) Given the vectors A and
B: A = 12 x  6 y + 5 z and B = 7 x  3 z Find the angle between both Solution.


(8) A vector of 9.11 units
length makes the following angles with the coordinated axes X,Y and Z,
respectively: 140.21^{o }, 70.77^{o } and 123.29^{o
}. Construct the vector and its unit vector. Solution.


(9) Given the vectors A =
7x – 9y +12 z and B = 12 x + 9y 7z Calculate: (a) their scalar
product (b) their vector product (c) the angle between both vectors (d) The unit
vector in the direction of their vector product.
Solution.


(10)
Given the vector A = 7 x
5 y + 13 z, calculate: (a) its moodule, (b) unit vector, (c) direction cosines
(d) angles with the coordinated axes and, (e) vector direction angles (angles
with axes x, y and z). Solution.


(11) In the figure, calculate: (a) the scalar product of vectors M and N (b) the angle between vectors M and N (c) the vector product of vectors M and N. (d) the unit vector in the direction of vector C = M x N (e) verify that the length of the unit vector in the direction of M x N, is one.
Solution. In order to express the vector in terms of its components, start at the origin of coordinates and try to reach the tip of the vector along two different routes, one of them including the vector.


