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Outcome 1
Vectors and Scalars
Properties of vectors
Multiplication by a Scalar
Unit Vector
3D Vectors
Properties 3D
Section formula
Scalar Product
Component Form
Position Vector
Collinearity
Section Formula
Exam Type Questions
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Angle between
vectors
Perpendicular
Properties of
Scalar Product
Vectors & Scalars
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A vector is a quantity with
BOTH magnitude (length) and direction.
Examples :
Gravity
Velocity
Force
Vectors & Scalars
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A scalar is a quantity that has
magnitude ONLY.
Examples :
Time
Speed
Mass
Vectors & Scalars
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A vector is named using the letters at the end of
the directed line segment
or
using a lowercase bold / underlined letter
u
This vector is named AB
u
AB
or u
or u
Vectors & Scalars
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Also known as
column vector
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A vector may also be
represented in component form.
w
 4
CD  w   
 2
 x
AB  d   
 y
 2
FE  z   
 1
z
Magnitude of a Vector
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A vector’s magnitude (length) is represented by
PQ
or
u
A vector’s magnitude is calculated
using Pythagoras Theorem.
u
PQ  u  a 2  b2
Vectors & Scalars
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Calculate the magnitude of the vector.
w  a2  b2
w
 4
CD  w   
 2
w  42  22
w  20
w  4 5  2 5
Vectors & Scalars
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Calculate the magnitude of the vector.
w  a2  b2
w  (4) 2  32
 4 
PQ   
 3
w  16  9
w 5
Equal Vectors
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Vectors are equal only if they both have
the same magnitude ( length ) and direction.
Vectors are equal if they have
equal components.
For vectors
a
c
u    and v    , if u  v then a  c and b  d
b
d 
Equal Vectors
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By working out the components of each of the
vectors determine which are equal.
a
b
c
d
g
e
f
h
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Any two vectors can be added in this way
b
Arrows
must be
nose to tail
 2
a 
 4
 6
 
 3 
8
a + b  
1
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3
 2
Let AB    and BC   
 4
 5 
B
Then AB + BC  AC
 3   2  5
  +    
 4   5   1
A
C
 5
So AC   
 1
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Outcome 1
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In general we have
For vectors u and v
a
c
If u    and v    then
b 
d 
a
c
a c 
u + v  +   = 

b 
d 
b  d 
Zero Vector
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The zero vector
1 
If AB   
 2
 1 
then BA   
 2 
1 
 1 
 0
AB + BA    +   =  
 2
 2 
 0
 0
  is called the zero vector, written 0
 0
Negative Vector
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Negative vector
BA is the negative of AB
For any vector u
u   u   u   u   0
a
 a 
If u    then  u   
b 
 b 
Subtraction of Vectors
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Any two vectors can be subtracted in this way
Notice arrows
nose to nose
 6
u  
 3
 5
u - v  
 0
1
 
 3
v
Subtraction of Vectors
Outcome 1
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Subtraction of vectors
6
 2
Let a    and b   
5
 4
Notice arrows
nose to nose
a
a-b
Then a  b  a  (b)
b
 6   2   4 
      
 5   4  1 
6
 
5
 2  4
-    
 4  1
Subtraction of Vectors
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Outcome 1
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In general we have
For vectors u and v
a
c
If u    and v    then
b 
d 
a
c
a c 
u  v     = 

b 
d 
b  d 
Multiplication by a Scalar
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Multiplication by a scalar ( a number)
x
 kx 
If a vector v    then kv   
 y
 ky 
The vector kv is parallel to vector v ( different size )
Hence if u = kv then u is parallel to v
Conversely if u is parallel to v then u = kv
Multiplication by a Scalar
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Multiplication by a scalar
Write down a vector
b
a
parallel to a
Write down a vector
parallel to b
Multiplication by a Scalar
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Show that the two vectors are parallel.
 6
 18 
w    then z   
9
 27 
If z = kw then z is parallel to w
18 
 6
z    = 3 
 27 
9
z  3w
Multiplication by a Scalar
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Alternative method.
 6
 18 
w    then z   
9
 27 
If w = kz then w is parallel to z
 6
1 18 
w   =  
3  27 
9
1
w  z
3
Unit Vectors
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For ANY vector v there exists
a parallel vector u of magnitude 1 unit.
This is called the unit vector.
Unit Vectors
u
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Find the components of the unit vector, u ,
parallel to vector v , if
3
v  
 4
v  3 4
2
v 5
2
So the unit vector is u
1 3
u   
5  4
3
5
 
4
 
5
A
Position Vectors
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A is the point (3,4) and B is the point (5,2).
Write down the components of
3
OA   4 
 
OB
OB  OA 
5
  2
 
AB 
5  3   2
     
 2   4   2 
 2
 
 2 
the same !
A
Position Vectors
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B
b
OA is called the position vector of the point A
relative to the origin O, written as a
OB is called the position vector of the point B
relative to the origin O, written as b
AB  AO  OB  a  b  b  a
A
Position Vectors
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B
b
AB  b  a
where a and b are the position vectors of A and B.
Position Vectors
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If P and Q have coordinates (4,8) and (2,3)
respectively, find the components of PQ
 2   4   2 
PQ  q  p         
 3   8   5 
Position Vectors
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P
Graphically
P (4,8)
Q (2,3)
p
 2 
PQ =  
 5 
q-p
Q
q
O
Collinearity
Outcome 1
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Reminder from chapter 1
Points are said to be collinear if they lie
on the same straight line.
For vectors
If AB  kBC , where k is a scalar, then AB is parallel to BC.
If B is also a point common to both AB and BC then
A,B and C are collinear.
Collinearity
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Prove that the points A(2,4), B(8,6) and C(11,7)
are collinear.
8   2  6 
AB  b  a         
 6  4  2
11  8   3 
BC  c  b         
 7   6  1 
 6   3
AB     2    2BC
 2  1 
Collinearity
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Since AB  2BC , AB is parallel to BC.
B is a point common to both AB and BC
so A, B and C are collinear.
Section Formula
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B
OS  OA  AS
3
1
OS  OA  AB
3
1
s  a  (b  a)
3
2
1
s  a b
3
3
1
2
S
s
A
a
b
O
General Section Formula
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B
OP  OA  AP
m+n
m
OP  OA 
AB
mn
m
p a
(b  a )
mn
n
m
p
a
b
mn
mn
m
n
P
p
A
a
b
O
General Section Formula
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Summarising we have
B
n
If p is a position vector
of the point P that divides
AB in the ratio m : n
then
n
m
p
a
b
mn
mn
A
m
P
General Section Formula
Higher
Outcome 1
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A and B have coordinates (-1,5)
and (4,10) respectively.
P
Find P if AP : PB is 3:2
2
3
p  a b
5
5
2  1 3  4 
p      
5  5  5 10 
2
3
A
 2   12 
 5  5  
   
 2  6
 10 
 5    2
   8 
 8
B
3D Coordinates
Outcome 1
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In the real world points in space can be located using a
3D coordinate system.
For example, air traffic controllers find the location a
plane by its height and grid reference.
z
y
O
(x, y, z)
x
3D Coordinates
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Write down the coordinates for the 7 vertices
z
(0, 0, 2) F
(0,0, 0) G
E(0, 1, 2)
H
O
y
(6, 0, 2)B
6
A(6, 1, 2)
2
1
D(6, 1, 0)
C
(6, 0, 0)
What is the coordinates of the vertex H
so that it makes a cuboid shape.
x
H(0, 1, 0 )
3D Vectors
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3D vectors are defined by 3 components.
For example, the velocity of an aircraft taking off can
be illustrated by the vector v.
z
(7, 3, 2)
2
v
y
2
3
O
3
7
7
x
3D Vectors
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Any vector can be represented in terms of the
i , j and k
Where i, j and k are unit vectors
z
in the x, y and z directions.
 1
 
i=  0 
0
 
y
k
O
j
i
x
0
 
j =  1
0
 
0
 
k=0
 1
 
3D Vectors
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Any vector can be represented in terms of the
i , j and k
Where i, j and k are unit vectors
in the x, y and z directions.
z
(7, 3, 2)
v
y
3
O
7
2
v = ( 7i+ 3j + 2k )
x
7
 
v =  3
 2
 
3D Vectors
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Good News
All the rules for 2D vectors
apply in the same way for 3D.
Magnitude of a Vector
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A vector’s magnitude (length) is represented by v
A 3D vector’s magnitude is calculated using
Pythagoras Theorem twice.
v  x2  y 2  z 2
v  3  2 1
2
2
v  14
2
z
v
y
1
2
O
3
x
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Outcome 1
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3
 2
 
 
Let u   4  and v   5 
1 
 2
 
 
Then u + v
 3   2  5
     
 4  +  5    1
1   2   3 
     
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In general we have
For vectors u and v
a
d 
 
If u   b  and v   e  then
f
c 
 
 
a
d 
a d 
 
 


u + v  b  + e  = b  e 
c 
f
c  f 
 
 


Negative Vector
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Negative vector
BA is the negative of AB
For any vector u
u   u   u   u   0
a
 a 
 
 
If u   b  then  u   b 
c 
 c 
 
 
Subtraction of Vectors
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Subtraction of vectors
6
 2
 
Let a   5  and b   4 
 2
3
 
 
Then a  b
6
 
 5
3
 
 2  4
-  4    1 
 2 1
   
Subtraction of Vectors
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For vectors u and v
a
d 
 
 
If u   b  and v   e  then
c 
f
 
 
a
d 
a d 
 
 


u  v  b   e  = b  e 
c 
f
c  f 
 
 


Multiplication by a Scalar
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Multiplication by a scalar ( a number)
x
 kx 
 
If a vector v   y  then kv   ky 
 kz 
z 
 
 
The vector kv is parallel to vector v ( different size )
Hence if u = kv then u is parallel to v
Conversely if u is parallel to v then u = kv
Multiplication by a Scalar
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Show that the two vectors are parallel.
6 
 12 
 
w   9  then z   18 
 24 
 12 
 
 
If z = kw then z is parallel to w
12 
6 
 
 
z  18  = 2  9 
 24 
 12 
 
 
z  2w
Position Vectors
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The position vector of a 3D point A is OA,
usually written as a
3
 
OA = a =  2 
1 
 
A (3,2,1)
z
a
y
1
2
O
3
x
Position Vectors
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If R is (2,-5,1) and S is (4,1,-3) then RS  s  r
 4  2  2
     
  1   5    6 
 3   1  4 
     
General Section Formula
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Summarising we have
B
n
If p is a position vector
of the point P that divides
AB in the ratio m : n
then
n
m
p
a
b
mn
mn
A
m
P
The scalar product
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The scalar product is defined
being:
tail as
to tail
a
a  b  a b cos
0    180
0
θ
b
The Scalar Product
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Find the scalar product for a and b when
|a|= 4 , |b|= 5 when (a) θ = 45o (b) θ = 90o
a  b  a b cos
= 4  5cos 45
20 10  2  2
a b 

 10 2
2
2
o
The Scalar Product
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Outcome 1
Find the scalar product for a and b when
|a|= 4 , |b|= 5 when (a) θ = 45o (b) θ = 90o
a  b  a b cos
= 4  5cos90
o
a  b  20  0  0
Important : If a and b are perpendicular then
a.b=0
Component Form Scalar Product
Outcome 1
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If
 a1 
 b1 
 
 
a   a2  and b   b2  then
a 
b 
 3
 3
a  b  a1b1  a2b2  a3b3
Angle between Vectors
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To find the angle between two vectors we simply
use the scalar product formula rearranged
a b
cos =
a b
or
a1b1  a2b2  a3b3
cos =
ab
Angle between Vectors
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Outcome 1
Find the angle between the two vectors below.
p  3i +2j+5k and q  4i +j+3k
 3
 4
 
 
p   2  and q  1 
 5
3
 
 
a b
cos =
a b
p  32  22  52  38
q  42  12  32  26
Angle between Vectors
Outcome 1
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Find the angle between the two vectors below.
p  q  3 4  2 1  5 3  29
a b
cos =
=
a b
q  42  12  32  26
29
= 0.923
38  26
 = cos (0.923) = 22.7
-1
p  32  22  52  38
o
Perpendicular Vectors
Outcome 1
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Show that
for
a.b
=0
 3
1 
 
 
a   2  and b   2 
 1
7
 
 
a and b are perpendicular
a  b  a1b1  a2b2  a3b3
a  b  31  2  2  7  (1)
a  b  3  4  (-7)  0
Perpendicular Vectors
Outcome 1
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Given a  0 and b  0 and a  b  0
Then
a b
0
cos =

0
a b a b
 = cos (0) = 90
-1
o
If a . b = 0 then a and b are perpendicular
Properties of a Scalar Product
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Two properties that you need to be aware of
a b  ba
a  (b  c)  a  b  a  c
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Vectors u and v are defined by u  3i  2 j and v  2i  3 j  4k
Determine whether or not u and v are perpendicular to each other.
Is Scalar product = 0
 3
 
u.v   2 
 0
 
u.v  3  2  2  3  0  4
u.v  0
2
 
 3 
4
 
 u.v  6   6   0
Hence vectors are perpendicular
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For what value of t are the vectors
Put Scalar product = 0
 t 
 
u   2 
 3
 
 t 
 
u.v   2 
 3
 
u.v  2t   2 10  3t
Perpendicular  u.v = 0
and v
2
 
 10 
t 
 
perpendicular ?
2
 
10 
t 
 
 u.v  5t  20
 0  5t  20
 t4
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VABCD is a pyramid with rectangular base ABCD.
The vectors AB, AD and AV are given by
AB  8i  2 j  2k
AD  2i  10 j  2k
AV  i  7 j  7k
Express CV in component form.
Ttriangle rule  ACV
AC  CV  AV
Triangle rule  ABC
AB  BC  AC also

 CV  AV  AB  AD

Re-arrange
 CV  AV  AC
 1   8   2 
     
 CV   7    2    10 
 7   2   2 
     
 5 
 
 CV   5 
7
 
 CV  9i  5 j  7k
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The diagram shows two vectors a and b, with | a | = 3 and | b | = 22.
These vectors are inclined at an angle of 45° to each other.
a) Evaluate
i) a.a
ii) b.b
iii) a.b
b) Another vector p is defined by p  2a  3b
Evaluate p.p and hence write down | p |.
i)
a  a  a a cos0  3  3 1  9
iii) a  b  a b cos 45  3  2 2 
b)
p  p   2a  3b   2a  3b 
 36  72  72  180
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1
6
2
 4a.a  12a.b  9b.b
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ii)
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Vectors p, q and r are defined by
p  i  j - k,
a)
Express p  q  2r in component form
b)
Calculate p.r
c)
Find |r|
q  i  4k ,
  i  j - k    i  4k   2  4i  3 j 
and
r  4i  3 j
 8i  5 j - 5k
a)
p  q  2r
b)
p.r   i  j - k  .  4i  3 j   p.r  1 4  1 (3)  (1)  0  p.r  1
c)
r 
42  (3) 2
 r  16  9 
r 5
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The diagram shows a point P with co-ordinates
(4, 2, 6) and two points S and T which lie on the x-axis.
If P is 7 units from S and 7 units from T,
find the co-ordinates of S and T.
Use distance formula
S (a, 0, 0)
PS 2  49  (4  a)2  22  62
 a  43
T (b, 0, 0)
 49  (4  a)2  40
 9  (4  a)2
 a  7 or a  1
hence there are 2 points on the x axis that are 7 units from P
S (1, 0, 0)
and
i.e. S and T
T (7, 0, 0)
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The position vectors of the points P and Q are
p = –i +3j+4k and q = 7 i – j + 5 k respectively.
a) Express PQ in component form.
b) Find the length of PQ.
a)
b)
PQ  q - p
 PQ
 7   1
   
  1 -  3 
5 4
   
PQ  82  (4)2  12
 PQ
 64  16  1
8
 
  4 
1
 
 81
 8i  4 j  k
9
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PQR is an equilateral triangle of side 2 units.
P
PQ  a, PR  b, and QR  c
Evaluate a.(b + c) and hence identify
a
b
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two vectors which are perpendicular.
Q
a.(b  c)  a.b  a.c
a.b  a b cos60
60°
 a.b  2  2 
1
2
60°
60°
c
R
 a.b  2
NB for a.c vectors must point OUT of the vertex ( so angle is 120° )
 1

a.c

2

2

 
a.c  a c cos120
 2
Hence
a.(b  c)  0
 a.c   2
so, a is perpendicular to b + c
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Calculate the length of the vector 2i – 3j + 3k
Length
 2  (3) 
2
2
 3
2
 493
 16
4
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Find the value of k for which the vectors
Put Scalar product = 0
1 
 
 2
 1 
 
1
 
0  2 
 1
 
and
 4 


 3 
 k 1


are perpendicular
 4 


3


 k 1


0  4  6  (k  1)
 0  2  k 1
 k 3
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A is the point (2, –1, 4), B is (7, 1, 3) and C is (–6, 4, 2).
If ABCD is a parallelogram, find the co-ordinates of D.
AD  BC  c  b
D is the displacement
hence
d
BC
 2   13 
  

  1   3 
 4   1 
  

 6   7 
   
  4   1
 2   3
   
BC
 13 


 3 
 1 


from A
d
 11


 2 
 3 


 D  11, 2, 3
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If u
 3 
 
 3
3
 
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and v
1
 
5
 1
 
write down the components of u + v and u – v
Hence show that u + v and u – v are perpendicular.
uv
 2 
 
 8 
2
 
 u  v  . u  v 
uv
 2   4 
   
  8    2 
2 4
   
 4 
 
  2 
4
 
look at scalar product
 u  v  . u  v 
 (2)  (4)  8  (2)  2  4
 8  16  8
0
Hence vectors are perpendicular
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The vectors a, b and c are defined as follows:
a = 2i – k,
b = i + 2j + k,
c = –j + k
a) Evaluate a.b + a.c
a)
 2  1
   
a.b   0    2 
 1  1 
   
a.b  2  0  1
a.b  1
2 0
   
  0    1
 1  1 
   
a.c  0  0  1
a.c  1
a.c
b)
a.b  a.c  0
b + c is perpendicular to a
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A is the point ( –3, 2, 4 ) and B is ( –1, 3, 2 )
Find:
a) the components of AB
b) the length of AB
a)
b)
AB  b  a
AB
 1  3 
   
  3  2 
2 4
   
AB  22  12  (2) 2
AB
2
 
 1 
 2 
 
AB  4  1  4
AB  3
AB  9
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In the square based pyramid,
all the eight edges are of length 3 units.
AV  p, AD  q, AB  r ,
Evaluate
p.(q + r)
Triangular faces are all equilateral
p.(q  r )  p.q  p.r
p.q  p q cos60
p.r  p r cos60
1
2
p.(q  r )  4  4
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1
 3 3
2
p.r
1
 3 3
2
p.q  4
p.q
1
2
1
4
2
p.(q  r )  9
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A and B are the points (-1, -3, 2)
and (2, -1, 1) respectively.
B and C are the points of trisection of AD.
That is, AB = BC = CD.
Find the coordinates of D
AB 1

 3b  3a  d  a
 d
2
 1
 
 
 3  1  2  3 
1
2
 
 
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 d  3b  2a
 d
8
 
 3
 1
 
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The point Q divides the line joining P(–1, –1, 0) to R(5, 2 –3) in the ratio 2:1.
Find the co-ordinates of Q.
Diagram
PQ 2

QR 1
 3q
P
1
R
 q  p  2r  2q
 PQ  2QR
 5   1
   
 2  2    1
 3   0 
   
2
Q
 3q  2r  p




1 9 
 q 3
3  6 
 Q(3, 1,  2)
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a) Roadmakers look along the tops of a set of T-rods to ensure
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that straight sections of road are being created.
Relative to suitable axes the top left corners of the T-rods are
the points A(–8, –10, –2), B(–2, –1, 1) and C(6, 11, 5).
Determine whether or not the section of road ABC has been
built in a straight line.
b) A further T-rod is placed such that D has co-ordinates (1, –4, 4).
Show that DB is perpendicular to AB. a)
AB  b  a AB
 6
 2
 
 
 9  3  3
 3
1
 
 
AC
 14 
 2
 
 
  21  7  3 
7
1
 
 
AB and AC are scalar multiples, so are parallel. A is common. A, B, C are collinear
b)
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 6  3 
   
  9  .  3 
 3  3 
   
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AB.BD  18  27  9  0
Hence, DB is perpendicular to AB
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VABCD is a pyramid with rectangular base ABCD.
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Relative to some appropriate axis,
VA represents – 7i – 13j – 11k
6i + 6j – 6k
AB represents
8i – 4j – 4k
K divides BC in the ratio 1:3
Find VK in component form.
VA  AB  VB
VK  VB  KB
 VK
1
4
1
4
1
4
 VK  VA  AB  AD
 7   6 
8

   1 
  13    6    4 
 11  6  4  4 

  
 
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KB  CB  DA   AD
VK  KB  VB
 VK
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 1 


  8 
 18 


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The line AB is divided into 3 equal parts by
the points C and D, as shown.
A and B have co-ordinates (3, –1, 2) and (9, 2, –4).
a) Find the components of AB and AC
b) Find the co-ordinates of C and D.
a)
b)
AB  b  a
AB
6
 
 3 
 6 
 
C is a displacement of AC from A
similarly
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 5  2 
   
  0   1 
 0   2 
   




2
1
 
AC  AB   1 
3
 2 
c
3  2
   
  1   1 
 2   2 
   
 C (5, 0, 0)
 D(7, 1,  2)
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Relative to a suitable set of axes, the tops of three chimneys have
co-ordinates given by A(1, 3, 2), B(2, –1, 4) and C(4, –9, 8).
Show that A, B and C are collinear
AB  b  a
AB
1
 
  4 
2
 
AC
 3 
1


 
  12   3  4 
 6 
2


 
AB and AC are scalar multiples, so are parallel. A is common. A, B, C are collinear
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A is the point (2, –5, 6), B is (6, –3, 4) and C is (12, 0, 1).
Show that A, B and C are collinear
and determine the ratio in which B divides AC
AB  b  a
AB and BC
AB 2

BC 3
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4
2
 
 
  2   2 1 
 2 
 1
 
 
BC
6
2
 
 
  3   3 1 
 3 
 1
 
 
are scalar multiples, so are parallel. B is common. A, B, C are collinear
A
2
B
3
C
B divides AB in ratio 2 : 3
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Relative to the top of a hill, three gliders
have positions given by
R(–1, –8, –2), S(2, –5, 4) and T(3, –4, 6).
Prove that R, S and T are collinear
RS  s  r
RS
and
RT
RS
 3
1
 
 
  3  3  1 
 6
 2
 
 
RT
 4
1
 
 
  4  4  1
8
 2
 
 
are scalar multiples, so are parallel. R is common. R, S, T are collinear
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The diagram shows vectors a and b.
If |a| = 5, |b| = 4 and a.(a + b) = 36
Find the size of the acute angle
between a and b.
cos  
a.b
a b
a.a  a a  25
cos  
11
5 4
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a.(a  b)  36  a.a  a.b  36
 25  a.b  36
 11 
  cos  
 20 
  56.6
1
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The diagram shows a square based pyramid of height 8 units.
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Square OABC has a side length of 6 units.
The co-ordinates of A and D are (6, 0, 0) and (3, 3, 8).
C lies on the y-axis.
a) Write down the co-ordinates of B
b) Determine the components of DA and DB
c) Calculate the size of angle ADB.
a)
c)
B(6, 6, 0)
cos  
DA.DB
DA DB
cos  
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3
 
DA   3 
 8 
 
64
82 82
DA.DB
DB
3
 
 3
 8 
 
3 3
   
  3  .  3   64
 8   8 
   
  38.7
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A box in the shape of a cuboid designed with circles of different
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sizes on each face.
The diagram shows three of the circles, where the origin represents
one of the corners of the cuboid.
The centres of the circles are A(6, 0, 7), B(0, 5, 6) and C(4, 5, 0)
Find the size of angle ABC
 6
 
Vectors to point
BA   5 
1
away from vertex
 
 4
 
BC   0 
 6 
 
BA  36  25  1  62
cos  
18
62 52
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BA.BC  24  0  6  18
BC  16  36  52
  71.5
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A cuboid measuring 11cm by 5 cm by 7 cm is placed centrally on top
of another cuboid measuring 17 cm by 9 cm by 8 cm.
Higher
Co-ordinate axes are taken as shown.
a) The point A has co-ordinates (0, 9, 8) and C has
co-ordinates (17, 0, 8).
Write down the co-ordinates of B
b) Calculate the size of angle ABC.
a)
B(3, 2, 15)
b)
 15 
 
BC   2 
 7 
 
BA.BC  45 14  49  10
BA  9  49  49  107
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 
BA   7 
 7 
 
BC  225  4  49  278
10
cos  
278 107
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A triangle ABC has vertices A(2, –1, 3), B(3, 6, 5) and C(6, 6, –2).
a) Find
AB
and
AC
b) Calculate the size of angle BAC.
c) Hence find the area of the triangle.
1
 4
 
AC  c  a   7 
a) AB  b  a   7 
 2
 5 
 
 
b)
AB  12  72  22  54
cos  
c)
43
 0.6168
54 90
Area of  ABC =
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AB.AC  4  49 10  43
  cos1 0.6168  51.9
1
ab sin C
2
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
1
90 54 sin 51.9
2
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 BAC =

27.43
51.9
unit
2
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