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written by Larry Friesen and Anne Gillis
This web page contains instructional materials developed to help beginning physics students build a solid understanding of vector algebra.  It contains two lecture presentations in PDF format and a companion assessment.  The presentations give an overview of terminology, vector notation, and a variety of methods for solving problems relating to vectors.  One of the authors' goals is to help students differentiate between the uses of vectors in mathematics vs. physics.  

This resource is part of a collection developed by the NSF-funded Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum (MAC 3).
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Position & Displacement
Mathematical Tools
- Vector Algebra
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Curriculum support
= Lecture/Presentation
= Lesson/Lesson Plan
= Problem/Problem Set
- Assessment Material
= Test
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lecture, lecture presentation, lesson, quiz, unit test, vector addition, vector components, vector notation, vector quiz, vector subtraction, vector test
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Metadata instance created December 22, 2008 by Caroline Hall
Record Updated:
May 22, 2014 by Caroline Hall
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February 4, 2008
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L. Friesen and A. Gillis, (2007), WWW Document, (
L. Friesen and A. Gillis, MAC3: Vectors (2007), <>.
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Friesen, L., & Gillis, A. (2008, February 4). MAC3: Vectors. Retrieved May 26, 2024, from
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Friesen, Larry, and Anne Gillis. MAC3: Vectors. February 4, 2008. (accessed 26 May 2024).
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Friesen, Larry, and Anne Gillis. MAC3: Vectors. 2007. 4 Feb. 2008. 26 May 2024 <>.
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