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A vector of which only the magnitude and direction are specified, not the position or line of action.
‘We have used the idea of free vectors in the way we added vectors together as follows.’
‘Sometimes they are represented as free vectors that can be moved into arbitrary locations depending on what concept is being explained.’
‘The main difference between position vectors and free vectors is their behavior under affine transformations.’
‘Considering the existing isomorphism between the free vectors of space and the points of E 3, it is often more suitable to define curve C by a free vector of components (x, y, z (t)).’
‘The equivalent method of subtraction for free vectors can be thought of as reversing the vector to be subtracted and adding it to the first vector.’