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Hi, need help with this question.

'Two forces acting on a rocket are represented by vectors u and v.
-----( 2)-----------( 7 )
u = (-5) and v = ( 4 )
-----(-3)-----------(-1 )

(^sorry, I didn't know how to display vectors! )


Calculate |u+v|, the magnitude of the resultant force.
Express your answer as a surd in its simplest form'

I am able to work out the resultant vector but then have no idea how to put that into a surd! Add i can't find how to anywhere on the internet!

Thanks in advance.
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Hi, need help with this question.

'Two forces acting on a rocket are represented by vectors u and v.
-----( 2)-----------( 7 )
u = (-5) and v = ( 4 )
-----(-3)-----------(-1 )

(^sorry, I didn't know how to display vectors! )


Calculate |u+v|, the magnitude of the resultant force.
Express your answer as a surd in its simplest form'

I am able to work out the resultant vector but then have no idea how to put that into a surd! Add i can't find how to anywhere on the internet!

Thanks in advance.
Do you know how to find the magnitude? If so just leave in the form a \sqrt{b}.
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Do you know how to find the magnitude? If so just leave in the form a \sqrt{b}.
No, I don't know how to find the magnitude.
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Generally speaking, for a 3 dimensional vector of the form (x, y, z), its magnitude is simply (x^2 + y^2 +z^2 ) ^(1/2) .

Hope this helps. Peace.
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Thanks that helps but the answer is 7(sqrt2) and I don't know how to get there. Do you first add the vectors together, then find the magnitude as how you said and then just leave it in surd form?
If that is how you do it, I'm not getting 7(sqrt2).
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Thanks that helps but the answer is 7(sqrt2) and I don't know how to get there. Do you first add the vectors together, then find the magnitude as how you said and then just leave it in surd form?
If that is how you do it, I'm not getting 7(sqrt2).
What did you get for u+v?
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TDo you first add the vectors together, then find the magnitude as how you said and then just leave it in surd form?
Yes. do that.
If that is how you do it, I'm not getting 7(sqrt2).
Then your calculation is not right.
e.g. do you have (-1)+(-3)=(-4) ?
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The resultant vector I have is: x=(9), y=(-1) and z=(-4) which I'm pretty sure is right.

I think then it must be the way I am working out the magnitude...
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The resultant vector I have is: x=(9), y=(-1) and z=(-4) which I'm pretty sure is right.

I think then it must be the way I am working out the magnitude...
One common mistake is to do -4^2 on the calculator and not realise that this gives you -16.

You need (-4)^2 or just write 16 straight away.
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Hi, need help with this question.

'Two forces acting on a rocket are represented by vectors u and v.
-----( 2)-----------( 7 )
u = (-5) and v = ( 4 )
-----(-3)-----------(-1 )

(^sorry, I didn't know how to display vectors! )


Calculate |u+v|, the magnitude of the resultant force.
Express your answer as a surd in its simplest form'

I am able to work out the resultant vector but then have no idea how to put that into a surd! Add i can't find how to anywhere on the internet!

Thanks in advance.
One word: Pythagoras
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One word: Pythagoras
two words: Pythagoras' Theorem
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