Resultant of a Vector

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An airplane (blue) flies while the wind (green) deflects it from its path, giving the resultant (red). The same principles apply to a person swimming in a stream or sailing a boat.

Contributed by: Lionel Balmer (March 2011)
Suggested by: Bernard Vuilleumier
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


Snapshots


Details

Snapshot 1: the airplane's force and the resultant have the same value

Snapshot 2: the airplane's and the wind's vectors are opposed and equal so the resultant is null

Snapshot 3: the airplane's and the wind's vectors are opposed but the wind's is smaller than the airplane's

Snapshot 4: the airplane's and the wind's vectors are opposed but the wind's is stronger than the airplane's

Snapshot 5: the resultant is at a right angle to the airplane's vector



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