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Two or more vectors the sum of which produces a quantity that may be expressed as a single vector, known as the resultant vector. If a runner on a cross-country course runs 2 miles east (vector AB), 2 miles north (vector BC), then 2 miles west (Vector CD), then the resultant vector is vector AD, 2 miles due north of where the runner started: AD = AB + BC + CD.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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