Discussion about math, puzzles, games and fun. Useful symbols: ÷ × ½ √ ∞ ≠ ≤ ≥ ≈ ⇒ ± ∈ Δ θ ∴ ∑ ∫ π -¹ ² ³ °

You are not logged in.

- Topics: Active | Unanswered

Pages: **1**

**Abbas0000****Member**- Registered: 2017-03-18
- Posts: 29

I red somewhere about adding vectors would result in zero or nothing if they have these rules applied on them :

if there's a collection of vectors that all of them have the same length and any vector have equivalent degree between it-self and its adjacent one and sum of all degrees are 360 degrees then resultant vector would zero .

how's that possible ? please if anyone knows a proof write it below. thank you

Offline

**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
- Posts: 8,354

hi Abbas0000

Think of a vector as being a 'journey' ** from A to B. If you go A to B; then B to C; then C to A; then you end up where you started so your vector for the three journeys is zero.

Here's an example ( I'll use horizontal rather than the usual vertical to save time) :

(1,0) + (0,1) + (-1,0) + (0,-1) take you round the sides of a square and these add to (0,0).

What you describe in your post is a journey around the perimeter of a regular polygon. Once you've gone all the way round, you are back to the start.

http://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/vectors.html

Bob

** vectors are used for other things than 'journeys', but it's a good place to start.

Children are not defined by school ...........The Fonz

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

Offline

Pages: **1**