A vector is a quantity that requires both a magnitude (= 0) and a direction in space it can be represented by an arrow in space for example electrostatic force, electrostatic field etc. In symbolic form we will represent vectors by bold letters. In component form vector A is written as

**A**= A

_{x}

**i**+ A

_{y}

**j**+A

_{z}

**k**

**ADDITION OF VECTORS**

Two vectors A and B can be added together to give another resultant vector C.

**C**=

**A**+

**B**

**SUBTRACTION OF VECTORS**

Two vectors A and B can be subtracted to give another resultant vector D.

**D**=

**A**-

**B**=

**A**+ (-

**B**)

**SCALAR MULTIPLICATION OF VECTOR**

When we multiply any vector A with any scalar quantity 'n' then it's direction remains unchanged and magnitude gets multiplied by 'n'. Thus,

n(

**A**) = n

**A**

Scalar multiplication of vectors is distributive i.e.,

n(

**A**+

**B**) = n

**A**+n

**B**

**DOT PRODUCT OF VECTORS**

Dot product of two vectors A and B is defined as the product of the magnitudes of vectors A and B and the cosine of the angle between them when both te vectors are placed tail to tail. Dot product is represented as

**A**.

**B**thus,

**A**.

**B**= |A| |B| cosθ

where θ is the angle between two vectors.

Result of dot product of two vectors is a scalar quantity.

Dot product is commutative :

**A.B**=

**B.A**

Dot product is distributive :

**A**. (

**B**+

**C**) =

**A**.

**B**+

**A**.

**C**also

**A.A**= |A|

^{2}

**CROSS PRODUCT OF TWO VECTORS**

Cross product or vector product of two vectors A and B is defined as

**A**x

**B**= |A| |B| sinθ nˆ

where nˆ is the unit vector pointing in the direction perpandicular to the plane of both A and B. Result of vector product is also a vector quantity.

Cross product is distributive i.e.,

**A**x (

**B**+

**C**) = (

**A**x

**B**) + (

**A**x

**C**) but not commutative and the cross product of two parallel vectors is zero.

In our next post we'll study vector algebra in component form and also lern about vector triple products.

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