Displacement and Positions of Vectors

The Concept of a Vector Quantity

Explain the concept of a vector quantity

A vector – is a physical quantity which has both magnitude and direction.

The Difference Between Displacement and Position Vectors

Distinguish between displacement and position vectors

If an object moves from point A to another point say B, there is a displacement

There

are many Vector quantities, some of which are: displacement, velocity,

acceleration, force, momentum, electric field and magnetic field.

are many Vector quantities, some of which are: displacement, velocity,

acceleration, force, momentum, electric field and magnetic field.

Other physical quantities have only magnitude, these quantities are called

**Scalars**.For example distance, speed, pressure, time and temperature

**Naming of Vectors:**

Normally vectors are named by either two capital letters with an arrow above e.g.

**Equivalent Vectors:**

Therefore two or more vectors are said to be equivalent if and only if they have same magnitude and direction.

**Position Vectors;**

In

the x —plane all vectors with initial points at the origin and their

end points elsewhere are called position vectors. Position vectors are

named by the coordinates of their end points.

the x —plane all vectors with initial points at the origin and their

end points elsewhere are called position vectors. Position vectors are

named by the coordinates of their end points.

Consider the following diagram.

**Components of position vectors:**

Example 1

Write the position vectors of the following points: (a) A (1,-1), (b) B (-4,-3)

(c) C= (u, v) where U and V are any real numbers and give their horizontal and vertically components

Example 2

For each of vectors a and b shown in figure below draw a pair of equivalent vectors

*Solution:*The following figure shows the vectors

**a**and**b**and their respective pairs of equivalent vectorsAny Vector into I and J Components

Resolving any vector into I and J components

**The unit Vectors i and j.**

*Definition**:*A unit vector is a position vector of unit length in the positive direction of x axis or y axis in the xy—plane.

The letters iand jare used to represent unit vectors in the X axis and y – axis respectively.

Consider the following sketch,

Example 3

Write the following vectors in terms of i and j vectors:

Example 4

Write the following vectors as position vectors.

**Magnitude and Direction of a Vector**

The Magnitude and Direction of a Vector

Calculate the magnitude and direction of a vector

**Magnitude (Modules) of a Vector**

*Definition:*The magnitude / modules of a vector is the size of a vector, it is a

scalar quantity that expresses the size of a vector regardless of its

direction.

**Finding the magnitude of given vector**

*.*Normally the magnitude of a given vector is calculated by using the distance formula which is based on Pythagoras theorem.

Using Pythagoras theorem

Example 5

Calculate the magnitude of the position vector

**v**=(- 3 , 4)What is the magnitude of the vector U if U = 4i – 5j?

*Unit Vectors:***: A unit of Vector is any vector whose magnitude or modulus is one Unit.**

*Definition*Example 6

Find a Unit Vector in the direction of Vector U = (12, 5)

**Direction of a vector**:

The direction of a Vector may be given by using either bearings or direction Cosines.

(a)

**By Bearings**:Bearings are angles from a fixed direction in order to locate the interested places on the earth’s surface.

**Reading bearings:**There

are two method used to read bearings, in the first method all angles

are measured with reference from the North direction only where by the

North is taken as 000

^{0}, the east 090

^{0}, the South is 180

^{0}and West 270

^{0}

From the figure above, point P is located at a bearing of 050

^{0}, while Q is located at a bearing of 135^{0}.Commonly

the bearing of point B from point A is measured from the north

direction at point A to the line joining AB and that of A from B is

measured from the North direction at point B to the line joining BA.

the bearing of point B from point A is measured from the north

direction at point A to the line joining AB and that of A from B is

measured from the North direction at point B to the line joining BA.

From the figure above the bearing of B from A, is 060

^{0}while that of A from B is 240^{0}In the second method two directions are used as reference directions, these are North and south.In

this method the location of places is found by reading an acute angle

from the north eastwards or westwards and from the south eastwards or

westwards.

this method the location of places is found by reading an acute angle

from the north eastwards or westwards and from the south eastwards or

westwards.

From figure above, the direction of point A from O is N 46

^{0 }E , that of B is N50^{0}W while the direction from of C is S20^{0}E.Example 7

Mikumi is 140km at a bearing of 070

from Iringa. Sketch the position of these towns relative to each other,

hence calculate the magnitude and direction of the displacement from

Makambako to Mikumi.

^{0}f from Iringa. Makambako is 160km at bearing of 215^{0}from Iringa. Sketch the position of these towns relative to each other,

hence calculate the magnitude and direction of the displacement from

Makambako to Mikumi.

**Sketch**

Using the cosine rule

The displacement from Makambakoto Mikumiis 12 286kmBy sine rule

Alternatively

by using the scale AB is approximately14.3 cm Therefore AB = 14.3x 20

km = 286km and the bearing is obtained a protractor which is about N51

by using the scale AB is approximately14.3 cm Therefore AB = 14.3x 20

km = 286km and the bearing is obtained a protractor which is about N51

^{0}E(b)

**Direction cosines**Where Cos A and Cos B are the direction cosines of OP

Example 8

If

**a**= 6i + 8j find the direction cosine of*a*and hence find the angle made by*a*with the positive x – axis.Exercise 1

**1.**Find the magnitude of

**Sum and Difference of Vectors**

The Sum of Two or More Vectors

Find the sum of two or more vectors

**Addition of vectors**

The sum of any two or more vectors is called the

**resultant**of the given vectors. The sum of vectors is governed by triangle, parallelogram and polygon laws of vector addition.(

**1**) Triangle law of vector AdditionAdding

two vectors involves joining two vectors such that the initial point of

the second vector is the end point of first vector and the resultant is

obtained by completing the triangle with the vector whose initial point

is the initial point of the first vector and whose end points the end

point of the second vector.

two vectors involves joining two vectors such that the initial point of

the second vector is the end point of first vector and the resultant is

obtained by completing the triangle with the vector whose initial point

is the initial point of the first vector and whose end points the end

point of the second vector.

From the figure above

**a**+**b**is the resultant of vectors**a**and**b**as shown below(

**2**)**The parallelogram law**When

two vectors have a common initial point say P, then their resultant is

obtained by completing a parallelogram, where the two vectors are the

sides of the diagonal through P and with initial point at P

two vectors have a common initial point say P, then their resultant is

obtained by completing a parallelogram, where the two vectors are the

sides of the diagonal through P and with initial point at P

Example 9

Find the resultant of vectors

**u**and**v**in the following figure.

*Solution*To get the resultant of vectors

**u**and**v**, you need to complete the parallelogram as shown in the following figureFrom the figure above, the result of

**u**and**v**is PR =**U + V**= U + VNote that by parallelogram law of vector addition, commutative property is verified.

**Polygon law of vector addition**

*:*If

you want to add more than two vectors, you join the end point to the

initial point of the vectors one after another and the resultant is the

vector joining the initial point of the first vector to the end point of

the last vector

you want to add more than two vectors, you join the end point to the

initial point of the vectors one after another and the resultant is the

vector joining the initial point of the first vector to the end point of

the last vector

Example 10

Find the resultant of vectors a, b, c and d as shown in the figure below.

*Solution*In the figure above P is the initial point of

**a, b**has been joined to**a**at point Q and**c**is joined to**b**at R, while**d**is joined to**c**at point S and PT =**a + b + c + d**which is the resultant of the four vectors.**Opposite vectors**

Two vectors are said to be opposite to each other if they have the same magnitude but different directions

From the figure above

**a**and**b**have the same magnitude (3m) but opposite direction.So

**a**and**b**are opposite vectors.Opposite vectors have zero resultant that is if

**a**and**b**are opposite vectors, thenExample 11

Find the vector

**p**opposite to the vector**r**= 6i – 2jThe Difference of Vectors

Find the difference of vectors

Normally

when subtracting one vector from another the result obtained is the

same as that of addition but to the opposite of the other vector.

when subtracting one vector from another the result obtained is the

same as that of addition but to the opposite of the other vector.

Therefore the different of two vector is also the resultant vector

Consider the following figure

**Multiplication of a Vector by a Scalar**

A Vector by a Scalar

Multiply a vector by a scalar

If

a vector U has a magnitude m units and makes an angleθwith a positive x

axis, then doubling the magnitude of U gives a vector with magnitude

2m.

a vector U has a magnitude m units and makes an angleθwith a positive x

axis, then doubling the magnitude of U gives a vector with magnitude

2m.

Generally if U = (u

_{1}, u_{2}) and t is any non zero real number while (u_{1}, u_{2}) are also real numbers, thenExample 12

If

**a**= 3i + 3j and**b**= 5i + 4jFind – 5

**a**+ 3**b**Example 13

Given that

**p**= (8, 6) and**q**= (7, 9). Find 9p**– 8****q**

**Application of Vectors**

Vectors in Solving Simple Problems on Velocities, Displacements and Forces

Apply vectors in solving simple problems on velocities, displacements and forces

Vector knowledge is applicable in solving many practical problems as in the following examples.

A student walks 40 m in the direction S 45

from the dormitory to the parade ground and then he walks 100m due east

to his classroom. Find his displacement from dormitory to the

classroom.

^{0 }Efrom the dormitory to the parade ground and then he walks 100m due east

to his classroom. Find his displacement from dormitory to the

classroom.

**Solution**

Consider the following figure describing the displacement which joins the dormitory D. parade ground P and Classroom C.

From the figure above the resultant is DC. By cosine rule

Example 14

Three forces F

_{1 }= (3,4), F_{2}= (5,-2) and F_{3 }= (4,3) measured in Newtons act at point O (0,0)- Determine the magnitude and direction of their resultant.
- Calculate the magnitude and direction of the opposite of the resultant force.

(b) Let the force opposite to F be F

_{o,}then Fo = -F = – (12, 5) = (-12, -5)Fo= 13N and its bearing is (67.4

^{0}+180^{0}) = 247.4^{0}So the magnitude and direction of the force opposite to the resultant force is 13N and S67.4

^{0}W respectively..Exercise 2

1. Given that U = (3, -4), V= (-4, 3) and W = (1, 1), calculate.

- The resultant of U + V + W
- The magnitude and direction of the resultant calculated in part (a) above.

2.

A boat moves with a velocity of 10km/h upstream against a downstream

current of 10km/h. Calculate the velocity of the boat when moving down

steam.

A boat moves with a velocity of 10km/h upstream against a downstream

current of 10km/h. Calculate the velocity of the boat when moving down

steam.

3. Two forces acting at a point O makes angles of 30

^{0 }and 135^{0}with their resultant having magnitude 20N as shown in the diagram below.<!–

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and direction of the resultant of the velocities V

_{1}=5i + 9j,V_{2}= 4i + 6j and V_{3}= 4i – 3j where i and j are unit vectors of magnitude 1m/s in the positive directions of the x and y axis respectively.