? 發問於 科學及數學數學 · 1 十年前

position vector

The position vector r of a particle P at time t is given by r=t^2i+(12-t)j. Find the value of t when:

(a) r is parallel to the vector i

(b) r is parallel to the vector i+j

Answer: (a) 12

(b) 3

I don't know how to calculate, help, please, thx!

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    1 十年前
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    (a) If vector r is parralle to vector i, there is no component in vector j,

    i.e. 12-t = 0

    t = 12

    (b) If vector r is parallel to vector (i+j), i.e. the ratio of component of vector i to that of vector j is equal,

    i.e. t^2/(12-t) = 1/1 = 1

    t^2 = 12 - t

    t^2 + t -12 = 0

    (t+4)(t-3) = 0

    t = 3 or -4

    2007-10-28 19:40:17 補充:

    t = -4 is rejected because time t >= 0Hence t = 3 only

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