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written by Andrew Duffy
supported by the National Science Foundation
This simulation gives students a chance to practice two-dimensional vector addition in an interactive format with immediate feedback. The magnitude and direction of two vectors are given; the students' task is to determine x and y components, length of the two vectors, and the resultant sum. Users may select "Check Answers" to find out if their response is correct, or select "Show Answers" to see the correct values displayed.
SEE ANNOTATIONS (below) for a tutorial on the topic of vector fundamentals, recommended by The Physics Front editors.
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Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
11. Common Themes
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 Model:
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