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written by Andrew Duffy
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This simulation gives students a chance to practice two-dimensional vector addition in an interactive format with immediate feedback. The magnitude and direction of two vectors are given; the students' task is to determine x and y components, length of the two vectors, and the resultant sum. Users may select "Check Answers" to find out if their response is correct, or select "Show Answers" to see the correct values displayed.

SEE ANNOTATIONS (below) for a tutorial on the topic of vector fundamentals, recommended by The Physics Front editors.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
Mathematical Tools
- Algebra
- Vector Algebra
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/Ejs/…
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This material is released under a GNU General Public License Version 3 license.
Rights Holder:
Andrew Duffy, Boston University
Keywords:
EJS, Easy Java Simulations, addition, components, force, resultant, vector, vector simulation, vectors
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created April 25, 2010 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
June 13, 2014 by Andreu Glasmann
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when Cataloged:
April 16, 2010
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 6-8: 11B/M2. Mathematical models can be displayed on a computer and then modified to see what happens.
  • 9-12: 11B/H2. Computers have greatly improved the power and use of mathematical models by performing computations that are very long, very complicated, or repetitive. Therefore, computers can reveal the consequences of applying complex rules or of changing the rules. The graphic capabilities of computers make them useful in the design and simulated testing of devices and structures and in the simulation of complicated processes.
the Physics Classroom: Vector Addition (Author: Tom Henderson)
Date: 06/09/2010

An editor-recommended tutorial to accompany the "Vector Addition Model". It begins with very simple concept-building, then moves into detailed explanations of the math involved to determine the magnitude of a vector (both the trigonometric and the parallelogram methods).

The Physics Classroom: Vector Addition (html)

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relation by Mario Belloni
Covers the Same Topic As Vector Components Model
Covers the Same Topic As Vector Addition with Integer Components

A simpler version of the same simulation that gives students fundamental practice in two-dimensional vector addition in which the components are integers.

relation by Caroline Hall
Is a Teaching Guide For Physics Classroom: Component Addition

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