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The sum of two vectors Given two vectors $\vc{a}$ and $\vc{b}$, we form their sum, $\vc{a}+\vc{b}$, by translating the vector $\vc{b}$ until its tail coincides with the head of $\vc{a}$. Then, the directed line segment from the tail of $\vc{a}$ to the head of $\vc{b}$ is the vector $\vc{a}+\vc{b}$.

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