Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 3 - Kinematics in Two Dimensions; Vectors - Questions: 8


No. Yes.

Work Step by Step

Two vectors add to zero if and only if they have the same length (magnitude) and point in exactly opposite directions. On the other hand , 3 vectors of unequal magnitude CAN add to zero. For example, a vector 7 cm long pointing due east, added to two vectors of 4 and 3 cm pointing due west will give zero. In two or three dimensions, if the 3+ vectors, added tail-to-tip, gives a closed triangle, quadrilateral, or polygon, then the vector sum is zero.
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