APPLICATIONS OF VECTORS

Scalar and Vector Quantities

Difference between Scalar and Vector Quantities

Distinguish between scalar and vector quantities

Scalar Quantities

Vector Quantities

Addition of Vectors Using Graphical Method

Add vectors using graphical method

Scalar physical quantities have magnitude only. Thus, they can be added, multiplied, divided, or subtracted from each other.

Example 1

If you add a volume of 40cm

^{3}of water to a volume of 60cm^{3 }of water, then you will get 100cm^{3}of water.
Vectors can be added, subtracted or multiplied conveniently with the help of a diagram.

Vectors Representation

A vector quantity can be represented on paper by a direct line segment.

- The length of the line segment represents the magnitude of a vector.
- The arrow head at the end represents the direction.

Methods of Vector Addition

There are two methods that are used to sum up two vectors:

- Triangle method
- Parallelogram method.

Triangle Method

A step-by-step method for applying the head-to-tail method to determine the sum of two or more vectors is given below.

1.Choose a scale and indicate it on a sheet of paper. The best choice of scale is one that will result in a diagram that is as large as possible, yet fits on the sheet of paper.

2.Pick a starting location and draw the first vector

*to scale*in the indicated direction. Label the magnitude and direction of the scale on the diagram (e.g., SCALE: 1 cm = 20 m).
3.Starting from where the head of the first vector ends, draw the second vector

*to scale*in the indicated direction. Label the magnitude and direction of this vector on the diagram.
4.Draw the resultant from the tail of the first vector to the head of the last vector. Label this vector as

**Resultant**or simply**R**.
5. Using a ruler, measure the length of the resultant and determine its magnitude by converting to real units using the scale (4.4 cm x 20 m/1 cm = 88 m).

6.Measure the direction of the resultant using the counterclockwise convention.

**Resultant vector:**This is the vector drawn from the starting point of the first vector to the end point of the second vector which is the sum of two vectors.

Where:

- Vi - First vector
- V2 - Second vector
- R - Resultant vector

Example 2

Suppose a man walks starting from point A, a distance of 20m due North, and then 15m due East. Find his new position from A.

Solution

Use scale

1CM Represents 5m

Thus

20m due to North Indicates 4 cm

15m due to East Indicates 3cm.

Demonstration

The position of D is represented by Vector AD of magnitude 25M or 5CM at angle of 36

^{0}51”
Since

- Tan Q = (Opposite /Adjacent)
- Tan Q = 3cm /4cm
- Q = Tan
^{ -1}(3/4) - Q = Tan
^{-1}(0.75) - Q = 35Âº51”

The Resultant displacement is 25m ad direction Q = 36Âº51”

The Triangle and Parallelogram Laws of Forces

State the triangle and parallelogram laws of forces

Triangle Law of Forces

Triangle Law of Forces states that “If three forces are in equilibrium and two of the forces are represented in magnitude and direction by two sides of a triangle, then the third side of the triangle represents the third force called resultant force.”

Example 3

A block is pulled by a force of 4 N acting North wards and another force 3N acting North-East. Find resultant of these two forces.

Demonstration

Scale

**1**Cm Represents

**1**N

Draw a line AB of 4cm to the North. Then, starting from B, the top vectorofAB, draw a line BC of 3 CM at 45

^{o}East of North.
Join the line AC and measure the length (AC = 6.5 cm) which represents 6.5N. Hence, AC is the Resultant force of two forces 3N and 4N.

Parallelogram Method

In this method, the two Vectors are drawn (usually to scale) with a common starting point , If the lines representing the two vectors are made to be sides of s parallelogram, then the sum of the two vectors will be the diagonal of the parallelogram starting from the common point.

The Parallelogram Law states that “If two vectors are represented by the two sides given and the inclined angle between them, then the resultant of the two vectors will be represented by the diagonal from their common point of parallelogram formed by the two vectors”.

Example 4

Two forces AB and AD of magnitude 40N and 60N respectively, are pulling a body on a horizontal table. If the two forces make an angle of 30

^{o}between them find the resultant force on the body.
Solutiuon

Choose a scale.

1cm represents10N

Draw a line AB of 4cm

Draw a line AD of 6cm.

Make an angle of 30

^{o }between AB and AD. Complete the parallelogram ABCD using the two sides AB and include angle 30^{O}.
Draw the lineAC with a length of9.7 cm, which is equivalent to 97 N.

The lineAC of the parallelogram ABCD represents the resultant force of AB and AD in magnitude and direction.

Example 5

Two ropes, one 3m long and the other and 6m long, are tied to the ceiling and their free ends are pulled by a force of 100N. Find the tension in each rope if they make an angle of 30

^{o}between them.
Solution

1cm represents 1N

Thus

3cm = represent 3m

6cm = represents 6m

Demonstration

By using parallelogram method

Tension, determined by parallelogram method, the length of diagonal using scale is 8.7 cm, which represents 100N force.

Thus.

Tension in 3m rope = 3 X 100 / 8.7 = 34.5N

Tension in 6m rope = 6 x 100 / 8.7 =69N

Tension force in 3m rope is 34.5N and in 6m rope is 69N.

*Note*:

**Equilibrant forces**are those that act on a body at rest and counteract the force pushing or pulling the body in the opposite direction.

Relative Motion

The Concept of Relative Motion

Explain the concept of relative motion

Relative motion is the motion of the body relative to the moving observer.

The Relative Velocity of two Bodies

Calculate the relative velocity of two bodies

**is the velocity relative to the moving observer.**

*Relative velocity**(Vr)*
CASE 1: If a bus in overtaking another a passenger in the slower bus sees the overtaking bus as moving with a very small velocity.

CASE 2: If the passenger was in a stationary bus, then the velocity of the overtaking bus would appear to be greater.

CASE 3: If the observer is not stationary, then to find the velocity of a body B relative to body A add velocity of B to A.

Example 6

If velocity of body B is VB and that of body A is VA, then the velocity of B with respect to A , the relative velocity VBA is Given by:

VBA = VB + (-VA)

That is

VBA = VB – VA

NOTE:The relative velocity can be obtained Graphically by applying the Triangle or parallelogram method.

For same direction

VrBA = VB - (+VA)

= VB – VA ___________________ (I)

For different direction

VrBA = VB – (-VA)

VrBA = VB + VA _______________________ (II)

Example 7

A man is swimming at 20 m/s across a river which is flowing at 10 m/s. Find the resultant velocity of the man and his course if the man attempted to swim perpendicular to the water current.

Solution

Scale

1cmrepresents 2m/s

- The length of AC is 11.25 cm which is 22.5 m/s making a angle of 65Âº25’ with the water current.
- The diagonal AC represent (in magnitude and direction) the resultant velocity of the man.

The Concept of Relative Motion in Daily Life

Apply the concept of relative motion in daily life

Resolution of Vectors

The Concept of Components of a Vector

Explain the concept of components of a vector

Is the Splits or separates single vector into two vectors (component vectors) which when compounded, provides the resolved vector.

**Resolved vector**is asingle vector which can be split up into component vectors.

**Component vectors**are vectors obtained after spliting up or dividing a single vector.

Resolution of a Vector into two Perpendicular Components

Resolve a vector into two perpendicular components

Components of a vector are divided into two parts:

- Horizontal component
- Vertical component

Take angle OAC

Case 1

SinQ = FX/F

Thus

FX = F SinQ

Horizontal component, FX = FSinQ

Case 2

Cos Q = Fy/F

Thus:

Fy = FCosQ

Vertical component: Fy = FCosQ

Resolution of Vectors in Solving Problems

Apply resolution of vectors in solving problems

Example 8

Find the horizontal and vertical components of a force of 10N acting at 30

^{0}to the vertical.
Solution

FX = FCOS 60Âº

Since

Cos 60Âº /F =(FX)

FX = F CoS60Âº _________________(1)

FX = 10NCos 60Âº

Fy = ?

Sinq = Fy

Fy =F SinQ __________________________ (ii)

Fy= 10N Sin 60Âº

- READ TOPIC 2:
**Friction**

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