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Vector Sums

About Vector Addition

Adding two vectors is accomplished by adding the corresponding components. For instance, \[ (1,2,3) + (4,5,6) = (1+3, 2+4, 3+6) = (4, 6,9) \] A visual method for finding the sum of vectors is the parallelogram law, illustrated in this applet. The two original vectors, shown in blue and red, represent two adjacent sides of a parallelogram. The diagonal of this parallelogram is the sum of the two vectors, shown in purple.

Using the Applet

Change the vectors by dragging the arrows. The information about each vector and their sum will be updated automatically.

About this Applet

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