Can a vector have a component which is greater than its magnitude?

+2 votes

 

1. Yes.
2. No.
3. It depends on the type of vector
 
asked Dec 12, 2012 in Physics by CaptainTeemo ~Expert~ (631 points)
    

1 Answer

+1 vote
No, this can never occur.  You can think of this in terms of a triangle, with the magnitude being the hypotenuse. The magnitude will hence always be longer then the comonents, which are like the other legs of the triangle.
answered Dec 12, 2012 by Panda ~Expert~ (1,557 points)

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