Suppose you have to lift up a cup of coffee from table by keeping your eyes closed. You don’t know the location of cup on the table. I tell you it is at one-arm distance away from you.
Would you be able to lift it??
It will take you many more tries as you are not aware of direction in which cup is placed. You may end up swinging your arm in an arc to locate the cup.
What if I tell you it just lies in front of you?
Now you can easily locate the cup as you know the direction as well as magnitude of the distance of location of cup from you…This is one way we make use of vectors in real life unknowingly. Some other examples includes:
1. Figuring out the direction of rain. The direction of rain depends on the frame of reference.
2. To move an object in a particular direction, we will have to apply the requisite force in that specific direction.
Now can you think of some other applications of vectors in real life around you? Let us know by listing them in the comments section.