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written by Andrew Duffy
supported by the National Science Foundation
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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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
= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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application/java
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http://physics.bu.edu/~duffy/Ejs/…
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License:
This material is released under a GNU General Public License Version 3 license.
Rights Holder:
Andrew Duffy, Boston University
Keywords:
EJS, Easy Java Simulation, components, force, resultant, vector simulation, vectors
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created May 2, 2010 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
June 13, 2014 by Andreu Glasmann
Last Update
when Cataloged:
April 16, 2010
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 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 (Editor: Caroline Hall)
Date: 07/07/2010

This editor-recommended interactive tutorial from The Physics Classroom give explicit support to students in two methods for doing vector addition: 1) the Pythagorean Theorem and trigonometric method, and 2) the head-to-tail method using a scaled vector diagram. The second link below goes to a Physics Classroomproblem set on vector addition, with answers solutions available for display.
The Physics Classroom: Vector Addition Tutorial (html)

The Physics Classroom: Vector Addition: Practice Problems (html)

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A. Duffy, Computer Program VECTOR ADDITION PATTERNS MODEL (2010), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10011&DocID=1645).
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A. Duffy, Computer Program VECTOR ADDITION PATTERNS MODEL (2010), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10011&DocID=1645>.
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Duffy, A. (2010). Vector Addition Patterns Model [Computer software]. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10011&DocID=1645
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Duffy, Andrew. "Vector Addition Patterns Model." http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10011&DocID=1645 (accessed 2 September 2014).
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Duffy, Andrew. Vector Addition Patterns Model. Computer software. 2010. Java (JRE) 1.5. 2 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10011&DocID=1645>.
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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.

relation by Caroline Hall

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