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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).
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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
Mathematical Tools
- Trig and Pre-cal
- Vector Algebra
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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Andrew Duffy, Boston University
Keywords:
EJS, Easy Java Simulation, components, force, resultant, vector simulation, vectors
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Metadata instance created May 2, 2010 by Mario Belloni
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The Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool is needed to explore the computational model used in the Vector Addition Patterns Model.

relation by Mario Belloni
Covers the Same Topic As http://www.physicsclassroom.com/Class/vectors/U3L1b.cfm

A tutorial on vector addition from The Physics Classroom. Contains detailed help on how to add vectors and find vector resultants.

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