## krystabell 3 years ago Find II 2e-3f II assuming that e & f are unit vectors such that II e +f II=sqrt(3/2).I tried using the law of cosines but not getting it...

1. beginnersmind

Draw e+f, and solve for the angle.

2. beginnersmind

Do you need another hint?

3. krystabell

not yet, doing math & watching my 3year old and 1 year old sister is interesting...makes solving problems kind of slow...i'll post if i need another hint thanks!

4. beginnersmind

Ok, sometimes people get stuck but don't speak up until you ask :(

5. krystabell

why am I finding the theta between e & e+f....theta=e dot e+f / sqrt(3/2)...

6. beginnersmind

You need theta between e and f.|dw:1335665267401:dw|

7. krystabell

but then theta=e dot f what is that...

8. beginnersmind

Where is e+f on the picture? You have a triangle and you know the length of all 3 sides.

9. krystabell

|dw:1335665495008:dw|

10. krystabell

got it got it got it....

11. krystabell

thanks!!!

12. beginnersmind

ok, that saves me some drawing :)

13. krystabell

now i can move on lol i hope that you aren't much younger than me, i'm very competitive but i gotta hand it to you! idk why I got stumped i tutor calc 3!!! >:/

14. beginnersmind

I'm probably not :)

15. eliassaab

$(e+f) . (e+f)=e.e + e.f + f.e + f.f=2 +2 e.f= \frac 32\\ e.f =-\frac 1 4\\ (2e -3f).(2e-3f)=4e.e - 6 e.f -6 f.e +9f.f =\\ 13 - 12 e.f= 13 + 3=16\\ || 2e - 3f|| =\sqrt{(2e -3f).(2e-3f)} =\sqrt {16}=4$ where u.v is the dot product of u and v

16. beginnersmind

Wow, that's actually nicer than calculating the angle between e and f and writing them in a new coordinate system.

17. eliassaab

Actually for any m and n || m e - n f|| can be calculated and depends only on m and n and e.f

18. krystabell

awesome eliassaab!!!

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