This question was reported to be quite unpopular with the candidates as majority of them did not attempt it. However, majority of those who attempted it performed well.

In part (a), candidates were expected to obtain 3p as 3(4i - 2j) = 12i - 6j.
2r = 2(2i + 3j) = 4i + 6j. Therefore, ê3p – 2rê = ê12i – 6j) – (4i + 6j) ê = ê8i – 12jê = 2 = = 4.

In part (b) candidates were expected to respond as follows: mp = m(4i - 2j) = 4mi – 2mj; nr = n(2i + 3j) = 2ni + 3nj. Therefore mp + nr = (4m + 2n)i + (3n – 2m)j. Since mp + nr = 8i + 8j, it implied that 4m + 2n = 8 and 3n – 2m = 8. Solving these equations simultaneously gave n = 3 and m = .

In part (c), candidates were expected to apply the dot product thus:
If θ was the acute angle between p and r, then = . êpê = = ; êrê= = and p٠r= (4i– 2j).(2i+3j) = 2 Therefore, cos θ = = .