Vector Addition Patterns Model Documents
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This item is a Java simulation that illustrates the tail-to-tip method of adding vectors. As students adjust lengths and angles of two vectors, the resultant vector and components are displayed. Students can also set rotation rates and watch the vectors spin, tracing out interesting patterns on the screen.
SEE ANNOTATIONS (below) for a tutorial on the topic of vector addition, recommended by The Physics Front editors.
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Last Modified August 25, 2013
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Published April 25, 2010
Last Modified May 2, 2010