# How do you graphically represent vectors?

Table of Contents

- 1 How do you graphically represent vectors?
- 2 What are the rules for multiplying vectors?
- 3 What happens if you multiply a vector?
- 4 How are vectors added graphically and analytically?
- 5 How do you multiply a vector twice the length of another?
- 6 What are the different types of vector multiplication?
- 7 How do you represent a vector algebraically?

## How do you graphically represent vectors?

Vectors can be represented graphically as arrows. The length of the arrow indicates the magnitude of the vector. The direction of the arrow indicates the direction of the vector.

## What are the rules for multiplying vectors?

What are the vector multiplication rules?

- The scalar product is commutative: A → ⋅ B → = B → ⋅ A → .
- The scalar product is distributive: A → ⋅ ( B → + C → ) = B → ⋅ ( A → + C → ) .
- The scalar product of two perpendicular vectors will always be equal to (that’s because is equal to ).

**How do you present forces graphically?**

The sense of a force specifies the direction (positive or negative) in which the force moves along the line of action. Graphically, the sense can be represented by an arrowhead pointing in the active direction.

### What happens if you multiply a vector?

When a vector is multiplied by a scalar, the size of the vector is “scaled” up or down. Multiplying a vector by a positive scalar will only change its magnitude, not its direction. When a vector is multiplied by a negative scalar, the direction will be reversed.

### How are vectors added graphically and analytically?

Summary. The graphical method of adding vectors A and B involves drawing vectors on a graph and adding them using the head-to-tail method. The resultant vector R is defined such that A + B = R. The magnitude and direction of R are then determined with a ruler and protractor, respectively.

**How are vectors represented graphically and how may they be distinguished from scalars when written?**

Notation. Vectors are usually distinguished from scalar values by writing them in boldface. When writing them on paper, we usually denote them with an arrow or line above the letter.

#### How do you multiply a vector twice the length of another?

Solution: When we multiply a vector by a scalar, the direction of the product vector is the same as that of the factor. The only difference is the length is multiplied by the scalar. So, to get a vector that is twice the length of a but in the same direction as a, simply multiply by 2. 2a = 2 • (3, 1) = (2 • 3, 2 • 1) = (6, 2)

#### What are the different types of vector multiplication?

1 scalar-vector multiplication. Multiplication of a vector by a scalar changes the magnitude of the vector, but leaves its direction unchanged. 2 dot product. Geometrically, the dot product of two vectors is the magnitude of one times the projection of the second onto the first. 3 cross product.

**What happens when you multiply a vector by a scalar?**

Multiplication of a vector by a scalar changes the magnitude of the vector, but leaves its direction unchanged. The scalar changes the size of the vector. The scalar “scales” the vector. Multiplication of a vector by a scalar is distributive.

## How do you represent a vector algebraically?

Algebraic Representation of Vectors. We can use scalar multiplication with vectors to represent vectors algebraically. Note that any two-dimensional vector v can be represented as the sum of a length times the unit vector i and another length times the unit vector j. For instance, consider the vector (2, 4).