# Subtract Vectors

Related Topics:
Common Core (Vector and Matrix Quantities)
Common Core for Mathematics

Examples, solutions, videos, and lessons to help High School students understand vector subtraction vw as v + (–w), where –w is the additive inverse ofw, with the same magnitude as w and pointing in the opposite direction.
Represent vector subtraction graphically by connecting the tips in the appropriate order, and perform vector subtraction component-wise.

### Suggested Learning Targets

• I can subtract vectors graphically.
• I can subtract vectors using the Component Method.
• I can subtract vectors using the Law of Cosines and Law of Sines.
Common Core: HSN-VM.B.4c

The following diagram shows how to subtract vectors graphically. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions for vector subtraction.

### Subtract Vectors Graphically

How to subtract vectors graphically?

Subtracting vectors graphically
Subtracting two vectors graphically
Example of subtracting two vectors using head to tail method.

### Subtract Vectors using Component Method

Subtracting Vectors Numerically (using Component Method).
This video shows how to subtract vectors numerically using the component method.

### Subtract vectors using Law of Cosines and Law of Sines

Subtracting Vectors.
Subtract vectors using the End-to-End method, Law of Cosines and Law of Sines. Vector Subtraction - Navigation Problem
Subtract vectors using the End-to-End method, Law of Cosines and Law of Sines.
An airplane navigation problem is solved using vector subtraction.

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