vector sum


Definition of vector sum

: the sum of a number of vectors that for the sum of two vectors is geometrically represented by the diagonal of a parallelogram whose sides represent the two vectors being added

Examples of vector sum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The total force is just the vector sum of these two forces (called the net force). Rhett Allain, Wired, "Why Doesn't the Earth Have a Bunch of Mini Moons?," 8 Oct. 2020 This means that the total electric field at any location is the vector sum of the electric field due to whatever point charges are nearby. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of vector sum

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Vector sum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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