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This is a simple Java applet enabling users to add two two-dimensional vectors. The user can choose the two vectors by clicking on a grid. The components, magnitude, and direction are immediately shown. Once the two vectors are chosen, a press of a button shows the vector sum, its components, its magnitude and its direction.

The simulation was designed deliberately so that there is no way to enter the components, magnitude, or direction of a vector manually: it must be done graphically by dragging the cursor. Thus, beginning students can develop a good feel for what all these quantities mean graphically.
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© 1998 Julio Gea-Banacloche
Keywords:
adding, component, direction, magnitude, sum, vector
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Metadata instance created November 18, 2006 by Amin Parnian
Record Updated:
March 10, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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June 29, 2007
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Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Vectors

Want to give your students a chance to explore vector addition without tackling the math? This simple Java simulation lets them draw two vectors by clicking and dragging the cursor. The components, magnitude, and direction will be displayed; then click "Add" to see the vector sum.

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J. Gea-Banacloche, (1998), WWW Document, (http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html).
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J. Gea-Banacloche, Vector Calculator (1998), <http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html>.
APA Format
Gea-Banacloche, J. (2007, June 29). Vector Calculator. Retrieved August 31, 2014, from http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html
Chicago Format
Gea-Banacloche, Julio. Vector Calculator. June 29, 2007. http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html (accessed 31 August 2014).
MLA Format
Gea-Banacloche, Julio. Vector Calculator. 1998. 29 June 2007. 31 Aug. 2014 <http://comp.uark.edu/~jgeabana/java/VectorCalc.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Julio Gea-Banacloche", Title = {Vector Calculator}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {31 August 2014}, Month = {June 29, 2007}, Year = {1998} }
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