# vector diagram, magnitude and direction.

In a tug of war, one team pulls to the left with a force of 600 N. The other team pulls to the right with a force of 475 N. Draw a vector diagram showing the forces and what is the magnitude and direction of the resultant force.

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Okay, how do you think you would start this?
theo.cushion
25 April 2012
You know a vector is a direction AND a magnitude. Can you tell me what the magnitudes of both the vectors are?
theo.cushion
25 April 2012
im not really sure, has got something to do with the forces.
meliissamillarr
25 April 2012
is it 600 and 475
meliissamillarr
25 April 2012
yes, the magnitude of the vector in this case is the force. Magnitudes for vectors are usually represented by their length.
theo.cushion
25 April 2012
If you were to draw an arrow for a team pulling to the left, what would it look like?
theo.cushion
25 April 2012
it would be larger than the other and pointing to the left
meliissamillarr
25 April 2012
That's right, and if you could draw just one our that had to represent the overall direction and magnitude of the force what would it look like?
theo.cushion
26 April 2012
would it be the two arrows added together and overall the arrow pointing to the left.
meliissamillarr
28 April 2012
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