The Vector Components model allows the user to split a vector into its components, and practice finding the magnitude and direction of a vector if you know the components. In the "Find components" mode, you are given the magnitude and direction of the vector, and your goal is to find the x-component and the y-component of the vector. In the "Find magnitude and direction" mode, you are given the two components, and you need to find the magnitude and direction of the vector.

The Vector Components was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the ejs_bu_vector_components.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

Please note that this resource requires
at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).

Vector Componets Model Source Code
The source code zip archive contains an XML representation of the Vector Components model. Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model using EJS. download 6kb .zip
Published: April 27, 2010
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6-8: 11B/M2. Mathematical models can be displayed on a computer and then modified to see what happens.

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11B (9-12) #1. The basic idea of mathematical modeling is to find a mathematical relationship that behaves in the same ways as the objects or processes under investigation. A mathematical model may give insight about how something really works or may fit observations very well without any intuitive meaning.

A. Duffy, Computer Program VECTOR COMPONENTS MODEL (2010), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9998&DocID=1633).

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