written by
Andrew Duffy
supported by
the National Science Foundation

The Vector Addition Patterns model illustrates the tail-to-tip method of adding vectors. The table at the bottom shows the components and lengths of the vectors. You can also rotate the vectors and trace out some interesting patterns.

The Vector Addition Patterns model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the ejs_bu_vector_addition_patterns.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

Please note that this resource requires
at least version 1.5 of
Java (JRE).

Vector Addition Patterns Model Source Code
The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Vector Addition Patterns model. Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model using EJS. download 6kb .zip
Published: April 25, 2010
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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.

A. Duffy, Computer Program VECTOR ADDITION PATTERNS MODEL (2010), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10011&DocID=1645).

Duffy, A. (2010). Vector Addition Patterns Model [Computer software]. Retrieved December 7, 2016, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10011&DocID=1645

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