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Vector Addition with Integer Components
written by Andrew Duffy
supported by the National Science Foundation
This simulation offers beginning students practice in two-dimensional vector addition. It is relatively simple, as the x and y components of each vector are integers. Given the magnitude and direction of two vectors, students must determine the x and y components, the length of each, and the resultant vector sum. Click on "Check Answers" to get immediate feedback; click on "Show Answers" to display all the correct responses.
See Annotations (below) for a tutorial on the topic of vector fundamentals, recommended by The Physics Front editors.
See Related Materials for a more advanced simulation on vector addition in which the components are not limited to integer values.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
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The Physics Classroom: Vector Addition (Author: Tom Henderson)
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).
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Vector Addition with Integer Components:
Is Based On Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool
The Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool is needed to explore the computational model used in the Vector Components with Integer Components.relation by Mario Belloni
Covers the Same Topic As Vector Addition Model
A more complex version of the same simulation that gives students more practice in two-dimensional vector addition (components are not limited to integer values).relation by Caroline Hall
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